I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been called to the refusal of the petitions from Savoch and other quoad sacra parishes (possessing School Boards) to be constituted parishes for Parish Council purposes; and whether he will give an assurance that full opportunity will be afforded before the next Parish Council Election takes place for a renewal of such applications, and that, if necessary, legislation will be introduced to facilitate such applications?
I am aware that the applications from Savoch and other quoad sacra parishes have been refused, for what appear to me substantial reasons. No quoad sacra parish of the character and class of Savoch has been made a civil parish. If the applications are, under changed circumstances, renewed, they will, as a matter of course, have full consideration. The existing law gives ample power to grant them if such a course is deemed expedient.