Small Holdings, Roxburgh.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 1st August 1922.

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Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

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asked the Secretary for Scotland what sum was paid by the Board of Agriculture to Mr. Waddell, proprietor of the Palace Estate, near Jedburgh, as compensation for 49½ acres of land acquired for a small holding there: whether he is aware that the land had been lying in grass, in a more or less derelict condition, for many years; whether the arable farms of Crailing Tofts and West Nisbet, in Teviotdale, extending to about, 650 acres, have recently been let to two brothers; and whether the Board of Agriculture had the opportunity of considering if these farms might have provided small holdings for the Roxburghshire applicants who have been waiting for land settlements for several years?

Photo of Mr Charles Murray Mr Charles Murray , Edinburgh South

The amount paid to the proprietor as compensation in accordance with the award of the Land Court was £921 12s. 1d. In addition, sums amounting to £199 19s. 6d. and £203 18s. 4d. were paid to him by the Board for interest and legal expenses respectively. I under- stand that the land referred to had been let annually as grass parks and was not in a derelict condition. I am informed that the present tenant of Crailing Tofts entered it in 1921 and that the farm of West Nisbet was let recently to his brother. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.