asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now introduce legislation to enable him to deal with the present inflated prices of land in the Highlands in areas where development has taken place because of public action and expenditure.
Is my right hon. Friend aware of the situation in some parts of the Highlands—for example, at Aviemore or Fort William—where, because of the great expenditure of public money, private speculators are able to reap large harvests? Figures of several thousand £s per acres have been mentioned in each of these two districts.
I am aware and I am very disappointed that this should take place. I do not think that it should be allowed to go on without the State itself appreciating that certain landowners who have had neither risk nor interest in respect of these developments are reaping such rich rewards.