Land Settlement (Scotland).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 12th December 1922.

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

25.

asked how many schemes for the settlement of ex-service men initiated prior to 1922 were abandoned by the Board of Agriculture for Scotland in 1922; how many continued schemes have been converted into Part II purchase schemes in 1922; how many Part I and Part II schemes for settlement have been intiated in 1922; and how many men have been placed on such schemes?

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Ayr District of Burghs

The reply to the first part of the question is 15; to the second part, 4; to the third part, one Part I scheme and 15 Part II schemes; and to the last part, 85.

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

What was the reason for the abandonment of all those schemes?

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Ayr District of Burghs

If the hon. and gallant Gentleman will put down a question, I will get an answer.

Photo of Sir Robert Hamilton Sir Robert Hamilton , Orkney and Shetland

26.

asked the First Commissioner of Works, as re-presenting the Secretary for Scotland, the number of applicants for land, distinguishing ex-service men, who have been settled on the land in Orkney and Shetland, respectively, since the Armistice, and the number of applications still remaining to be dealt with?

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Ayr District of Burghs

In Orkney the Board of Agriculture for Scotland have settled since the Armistice 10 civilian and nine ex-service applicants, the numbers remaining to be dealt with being 143 civilians and 113 ex-service applicants. In Shetland the corresponding figures are 64 and 89 settled and 462 and 153 outstanding.

Photo of Sir Robert Hamilton Sir Robert Hamilton , Orkney and Shetland

Can nothing be done to expedite this matter?

An HON. MEMBER:

He does not know.

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Ayr District of Burghs

I know everything is being done that can be done.

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

27.

asked the First Commissioners of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, how many men who have been given holdings under land settlement schemes instituted by the Board of Agriculture for Scotland have not yet had their rents fixed; and whether, in view of the unfairness of placing men in holdings without informing them of the financial liability they are incurring, he will take steps to put an end to this anomaly?

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Ayr District of Burghs

In reply to the first part of the question, rents have been intimated in all but 29 cases. The second part of the question presumably refers to the total annual burdens, including building loan repayments. Holders are informed of approximate burden before entry, but the final figures cannot be notified till the completion of buildings. The position is at present complicated by the fall in building values, concerning which I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to my reply of 28th ultimo to the hon. Member for East Fife.