HC Deb 04 August 1922 vol 157 cc1924-5W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that no conditions of tenancy have yet been signed or agreed upon by several of the smallholders at Locharwoods; and that the dates and periods for separation and outgoing are in these cases still unfixed and the repairs, etc., promised by the Scottish Board of Agriculture not executed; and whether he will direct the early attention of the Board to these matters?


The reply to the first part of the question is in the negative. I understand that all the new holdings which have so far been constituted at Locharwoods were let at Whitsunday, 1920, as then equipped at yearly rents for lands and holdings. The necessary agreements were signed by the holders and the dates of outgoing are those normally fixed in the case of smallholders, namely, Whitsunday or Martinmas. Arrangements in connection with the sub-division of the whole property, including the Central Farm, are in progress. As soon as these have been carried through the holders will be offered landholder's tenure. The equipment of the holdings which, with the exception of a few minor details, has already been provided will thereafter be completed. I see no reason to take any action in the matter.