HC Deb 11 March 1959 vol 601 cc1247-8
38. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Air the total and the average amount of compensation payable to crofters in respect of loss of land and other adverse effects resulting from the establishment of the South Uist Rocket Range.

Mr. Ward

The amount awarded to South Uist crofters by the Scottish Land Court was £1,889. Reductions of rent were also granted amounting to £127 a year. Awards of £461 and £652 were made to crofters on North Uist and Benbecula. As the details are somewhat lengthy I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. MacMillan

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these awards of compensation are regarded as about the most miserable and conservative ever awarded by the Scottish Land Court in respect of loss of land and part-loss of livelihood? Will the Air Ministry itself, in the interests of good public relations and justice, consider making some supplementary award to the crofters affected, who are affected for the rest of their lives by this intrusion?

Mr. Ward

No, Sir. It has all along been understood and agreed by all concerned that claims arising from the resumption of land would be referred to the Scottish Land Court. This has been done and the Court has issued its award.

Following are the details:

South Uist £
Award for 565 acres of common grazing shared by 75 crofters 750
Award for 524 acres of common grazing shared by 20 crofters 660
Award for 8½ acres of arable land from five crofts 261
Disturbance allowances 218
Reduction of rent 127 p.a.
North Uist
Disturbance allowances 461
Award for 7 acres of arable land from one croft (including disturbance allowance) 530
Other disturbance allowances 122