HC Deb 19 May 1936 vol 312 cc1017-8W

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the Stiring Town Council have given notice to Mr. Donald Whyte, of 1, Sunnyside, St. Ninians, Stirling, to cease keeping pigs, which are his only source of livelihood; that they refuse to pay any compensation; that, suffering from effects of Army service, it is claimed he is unfitted for ordinary employment; can he state under which Act or by-law the foregoing notice has been served; and whether he will arrange with the town council to pay this man compensation for disturbance and loss of livelihood?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

Notices were issued by the town council of Stirling in October last to Mr. Whyte and other pig-keepers in the burgh, that in terms of bylaws made by the council in 1901 under the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, 1892, and the Public Health (Scotland) Act, 1897, of which I am sending a copy to the hon. Member, it is an offence to keep pigs within 75 feet of any house or other place frequented by the public. Since he received that notice, Mr. Whyte has ceased to use one pigsty the situation of which was in contravention of the bylaws, and I understand that the council are considering whether any action is necessary as regards other premises. There is no statutory authority for the payment of compensation in such cases.