§ DR. CLARK (Caithness)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether it is the case that applications were sent in several years ago for the fixing of fair rents in the parishes of Saddell and Skipness, but no sitting of the Commission has been held in the district; whether one of the crofters applying from this district, has had his case taken to the Court of Session and remitted by that Court to the Commission; and whether the Secretary for Scotland will send a section of the Commission to this district at an early date?
§ THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. P. B. ROBERTSON,) Bute
The Secretary for Scotland informs me that he understands that one application from the united parishes of Saddell and Skipness to have a fair rent fixed was received by the Crofter Commissioners in 1889, and was considered by them and dismissed in June of that year. No other applications have been received except ten, all of which have been lodged since February, 1890. None of these appear to be of a very urgent nature, and it is not proposed at present that the Commissioners should make an early visit to the parishes—other districts having a stronger claim on their attention. With regard to the second paragraph of the question, the Secretary for Scotland is not aware that any case from Saddell and Skipness has 1686 been remitted by the Court of Session to the Commission. The man whose application for a fair rent was dismissed in June, 1889, raised an action in the Court of Session against his landlord, but it was dismissed as irrelevant.