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Land Settlement, Scotland

Volume 154: debated on Tuesday 30 May 1922

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asked the Secretary for Scotland in what proportion of the new small holdings created in each of the last three years, and in that portion of the present year for which figures are available, the loans to the settlers exceed £200; and whether in the figures already given any increase of land granted under a landholder's tenure to statutory small tenants is reckoned as an enlargement or a new holding?

The approximate percentage of cases in which the equipment loans to the holders exceeded £200 was in 1919 one, in 1920 four, in 1921 30, and and for the portion of the present year for which figures are available 28. In addition, offers of loans exceeding this amount have been made in 150 cases. Four loans exceeding £200 for purchase of stock have been made to individual holders, and loans amounting to £20,000 approximately have been made to 11 sheep stock clubs embracing 144 holders, while offers of loans amounting to £32,400 have been made to six clubs embracing 153 holders. With regard to the latter part of the question statutory small tenants cannot receive enlargements in the same way as landholders, but may obtain additional land as new holdings. Such additions are included as new holdings in the figures published by the Board of Agriculture, but they are very few in number.