Land Ownership

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd April 1970.

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Photo of Dr Winnie Ewing Dr Winnie Ewing , Hamilton 12:00 am, 22nd April 1970

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will take steps to limit the number of acres which any one person can own in Scotland.

Photo of Dr Winnie Ewing Dr Winnie Ewing , Hamilton

Is it in accordance with Labour Party principles that a person should be able to own 200,000 acres of Scotland and more, and put most of it to almost no use? Where is there a sense of justice, efficiency and responsibility in this intolerable situation?

Photo of Mr Norman Buchan Mr Norman Buchan , Renfrewshire West

I am sure that this will be repeated by many of my hon. Friends and, perhaps, more pithily expressed. We have established in the Highlands area the Highlands and Islands Development Board, and measures are open to us. Also, in our proposals for feudal reform, developments which have been held back in the past by feudal superiors will be made possible by submission to the Lands Tribunal.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Will my hon. Friend say how many private landowners support the S.N.P?