HC Deb 01 March 1955 vol 537 cc250-1W
92. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that large numbers of sheep are dying from starvation in the north of Scotland; that the majority belong to crofters and landholders who are unable to sustain losses of such magnitude; and if he will consider granting financial relief to ensure replacement of stocks.

Mr. J. Stuart

I share my hon. Friend's deep concern. The extent of the losses will not be known until the farmers have been able to gather and count their sheep after the thaw. We shall then be in a position to review the problem as a whole and consider how best help can be given in individual cases where serious losses have been suffered.