asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health the number of smallholders who have applied to the Land Courts for revaluation of their buildings, and the new valuations fixed, showing the alterations made by the Court?
The number of smallholders who have lodged such applications with the Land Court is 79. I am not in a position at present to give the information asked for in the latter part of the question, but I will inform the hon. and learned Member as soon as I am in a position to do so.
I can give the amount by which the capital sum has been written down, but I am not in a position to tell what is more important, the amount by which the annual payments have been reduced.
No holdings have been constituted by the Board on lands actually acquired by the Forestry Commission, but I think the hon. and gallant Member's question may be directed to ascertaining the number of holdings formed on joint schemes of land settlement and afforestation. On such schemes entry has already been given to 40 new holdings and 11 enlargements.
asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health when it is proposed to start the houses and steadings on holdings 6 and 7 on Pitcalnie farm, Nigg, Ross-shire; whether he is aware that the holders put down their crops this year and have no place to store them when they are harvested; and will he take immediate steps to begin and complete the buildings on those holdings and the other holdings at Pitcalnie?
After some delay, for which one of the holders is responsible, tenders are now being invited for adaptation of the existing buildings allocated to holdings Nos. 6 and 7. In the meantime, storage accommodation for these holdings is available in the existing steading. As regards the other holdings at Pitcalnie, in one case the buildings are complete: in two others new buildings are not required. In two others they will be undertaken by the holders at their convenience and in the remaining case the dwelling-house has been completed and tenders for the steading are being examined.
Yes. I am sure that the Board will examine this matter sympathetically. I am ready to discuss it with my right hon. Friend. I think that the delay has been due to a certain friction between one of the holders and the Board.