§ Mr. SCRYMGEOUR
asked the Minister whether he is aware of the Caledonian Railway Company's intention by Private Bill to obtain compulsory powers over the crofts belonging to about a dozen smallholders at the Muirton, near Gleneagles hotel and golf course; and, if so, what steps, if any, he contemplates taking on behalf of those otherwise defenceless toilers?
§ Sir JOHN BAIRD
I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Secretary for Scotland. The hon. Member no doubt refers to the Caladonian Railway Provisional Order for which the Company 1817W have given notice of their intention to apply under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899. The Draft Order has not yet been lodged and my Noble Friend is not aware of the extent of the compulsory powers proposed to be taken. It will be open to any person affected to petition against the proposed Order and its provisions will be duly considered in terms of the Act of 1899 and General Orders thereunder. Any Provisional Order which may be made will be subject to confirmation by Parliament.