Smallholders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Photo of Major Murdoch Wood Major Murdoch Wood , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Central

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asked the Secretary for Scotland how many smallholders were settled by the Scottish Board of Agriculture in the years 1919, 1920, and 1921, respectively, and also during any period of this year for which figures are available; and how many applicants for holdings remain unsatisfied?

Photo of Mr Robert Munro Mr Robert Munro , Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire

The numbers of applicants settled by the Board of Agriculture for Scotland in the years 1919, 1920, and 1921, were 396, 317, and 722 respectively. No figures are as yet available in respect of the current year. The number of applications outstanding at present is 11,463, comprising 6,857 for new holdings and 4,006 for enlargements.

Photo of Major Murdoch Wood Major Murdoch Wood , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Central

Did nor my right hon. Friend say he expected to settle 950 last year when speaking on the Scottish Estimates? What has prevented his expectations being realised?

Photo of Mr Robert Munro Mr Robert Munro , Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire

Frankly, I do not remember the precise figure I used. If my hon. Friend will put down a question I will deal with it.