HC Deb 12 May 1924 vol 173 cc922-3W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether applications made by ex-service men since 1st March, 1921, for settlement on the land still receive the prior consideration granted before that date; and, if not, in view of the fact that this class of applicant is still as deserving of preferential treatment as in 1918, is he prepared to take steps to provide that the claims of ex-service men applicants will not be prejudiced on account of their being belated?


Applications by suitable ex-service men lodged after 1st March, 1921, are considered next in preference after applications by suitable ex-service men lodged before that date. It seems not unreasonable that the earlier applicants should have preference over the later, and there does not appear to me to be sufficient ground for rescinding the existing arrangement in this respect.