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Clause 28. — (Provisions as to Cottars.)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th March 1955.

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5.45 p.m.

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

I beg to move, in page 33, line 36, to leave out subsection (3).

The House will recall that in Standing Committee my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for South Angus (Captain Duncan), who is not in his place today, raised the question of the crofters' grazing rights. He was afraid that, because of the wording of this subsection, which mentions the Land Court, there might be a conflict between the Land Court and the Commission.

In reply, I pointed out that the Clause as a whole was a straight re-enactment and that on reconsidering it at that time we were of the opinion that it was completely out of date because it referred only to the cottar's traditional grazing rights, established over many years of custom. It did not go any further than that. We now find, on examination of the subsection, that all these cases have long ago been cleared up and the provision has fallen into complete disuse. Because of that, we feel that the best thing to do is to delete the subsection.

Amendment agreed to.