3. Mr. Buchan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now introduce legislation to enable him to deal with the present inflated prices of land in the Highlands in areas where development has taken place because of public action and expenditure.
Is my right hon. Friend aware of the situation in some parts of the Highlands—for example, at Aviemore or Fort William—where, because of the great expenditure of public money, private speculators are able to reap large harvests? Figures of several thousand £s per acres have been mentioned in each of these two districts.
§ Mr. Carmichael
Has not the stage been reached in Scotland when it would be appropriate to start a new Domesday Book to find exactly who owns the land? I know that this question has come up before, but would it not be well worth while doing it again?
§ Mr. Russell Johnston
Is the Secretary of State definitely saying that it is the Government's intention that the Land Commission Bill will deal with the sort of gross exploitation which, as his hon. Friend the Member for Renfrew, West 469 (Mr. Buchan) has rightly said, is taking place in the Lochaber area in particular?