HC Deb 13 December 1938 vol 342 c1800
59. Major Neven-Spence

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether a decision has yet been reached on the question of providing small holdings and enlargements in Bressay, in the county of Shetland?

Mr. Colville

After full consideration of this question I have reached the conclusion that, at the moment, the circumstances do not warrant the initiation of a scheme for land settlement in the area referred to. I am hopeful, however, that the landlord will arrange, as opportunity offers, for the satisfaction of applications for holdings and enlargements, as he has done in the past.

Mr. Leslie

Is the Secretary of State aware that the son of the farmer whose land is under consideration was sent to investigate and report, and is it on his report, which has been made after two years have passed, that he has based his decision?

Mr. Colville

I have had the question re-examined in the last month, and I have come to the conclusion I have stated.

Mr. Davidson

Does the power to allocate smallholdings still remain in the hands of this farmer's son?

Mr. Colville

The hon. Member is wrong in his premises.