asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made in carrying out necessary repairs on agricultural holdings on the Rosneath estate?
The agricultural executive committee have served directions requiring considerable repairs to be carried out on buildings, fences and drains.
Four months have elapsed since this matter was brought to the notice of my right hon. Friend. Am I to take it that the agricultural holdings in the peninsula are being exploited by a London finance company, who refuse to carry out repairs? What steps does my right hon. Friend intend to take to enforce these repairs?
They have not refused to carry out repairs. They allege that a contractor with whom they had entered into a contract has so far been unable to implement his contract.
In the meantime the holdings are deteriorating because these necessary repairs are not being carried out.
All agricultural holdings are deteriorating.