§ Mr. Bence
I thank my right hon. Friend for that Answer. Is he aware that, as a result of the callous indifference of the four previous Administrations, owner-occupiers and local authorities in Scotland are paying feus to landowners of from £40 to £50 for 30 ft. by 60 ft. sq. and this is a shocking burden for owner-occupiers to bear? Will he do something to relieve those unfortunate people of this heavy burden caused by what they pay to Scottish landowners?
§ Mr. William Hamilton
Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that increased land prices as a result of the Highland Development (Scotland) Bill being put on the Statute Book will be recouped for the public rather than the private purse? Does he agree that probably the only logical answer to the feu duty is nationalisation of land?
§ Mr. Ross
I can assure my hon. Friend that the last place I heard that suggested was by farmers in the Perth and Kinross by-election. This suggestion comes from strange quarters, but it is a measure of the concern in Scotland (a) about the cost of land and (b) how people are exploiting public development. What my hon. Friend said is true about the price of land around the pulp mill. Every service requiring land there is paying through the nose to people who have done nothing towards that development.
§ Mr. George Y. Mackie
Is the Secretary of State aware that one of the worst features is the variation of the use of a feu and that people constantly find themselves with the smallest variation of a feu or addition in respect of land on which they thought they had a feu, faced with a demand for £2,000 or other large capital sum for such variations in feu duty?
Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is a case where many have to pay for the sins of the few?