Lime Kilns, Loch Eribol.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons at on 10 March 1925.

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Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

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asked the Secretary for Scotland whether, seeing that large lime kilns are lying derelict on the Government's property at Loch Eribol, that such lime kilns could be worked without loss to the State to the immense benefit of the farmers and smallholders in Caithness, Sutherland, and Orkney, that they would be useful in connection with the reclamation of land for the purpose of constituting small holdings on Government property in the immediate vicinity of Loch Eribol, and would provide much needed employment in the locality, he will state the estimated cost of putting these kilns into operation and the Government's intentions in the matter?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The lime kilns referred to by the hon. and gallant Member have been out of use for many years and are now in a ruinous condition. The capital cost of restarting them would, I am informed, be about £3,000 I am not satisfied that this expenditure, together with the running costs of working, would be justified by the return that could he obtained from the product of the kilns.

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Surely this could be brought in under the Trade Facilities Act, which must be adequate for the purpose?