§ Mr. MACLEAN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the area of Scaristaveg, in South Harris; how much of it is suitable for small holdings; to what use the present proprietor is putting it; whether any stock and, if so, the number on the farm; and what price was paid for it on its purchase from the estate of the late Lord Leverhulme?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
The area of Scaristaveg farm is about 1,682 acres of which about 92 acres is arable and the remainder pasture. The whole farm is considered to be suitable for a scheme of land settlement embracing new holdings and enlargements of existing holdings although it is below the limit for compulsory taking under the Small Landholders Act, 1911. I understand that the present proprietor works the farm as a stock rearing subject, but I do not know the number of stock on the farm. The reply to the last part of the question is in the negative.