HC Deb 06 June 1934 vol 290 cc923-4

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is in a position to make any statement regarding the formation of smallholdings and the provision of plots for cultivation by unemployed persons in the neighbourhood of Dundee?


It gives me great pleasure to announce that the farm of Barns of Claverhouse, extending to about 420 acres and situated within three miles of the city square of Dundee, has been purchased and gifted to the Department of Agriculture for Scotland by Mr. George Bonar, whose public-spirited generosity is well known. In accordance with the donor's desire the farm will be utilised partly for the provision of plots of land for cultivation by unemployed citizens of Dundee and partly for the formation of small-sized holdings to be equipped by the Department. Mr. Bonar has also generously placed at the disposal of the Department a sum of £3,000 to form a fund from which, in addition to the assistance usually provided by the Department in such cases, the plot holders will be assisted with small loans for stock and equipment. I am sure that the House will wish me to express cordial thanks to Mr. Bonar, on behalf of the Government, for his handsome and generous gift.