§ Sir D. Robertson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the concern of farmers and farmworkers at the recent methods used by the Crofters Commission in assigning crofts; and if he will give a general direction to the Commission to require them to give priority in such assignations to those who have local experience of farm work, to those without land, and to those who have lived longest in the locality.
§ Mr. Noble
The Commission's function is to give or withhold consent to applications made to them by crofters who wish to assign their crofts. I am not aware that the Commission's methods of dealing with such applications have given rise to any general concern and I see no need to give them any direction in the matter.