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Departmental Holdings (Sales)

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his policy on the sale of holdings on his agricultural estate.

I have decided that greater encouragement should be given to sitting tenants to take advantage of their statutory right to purchase their holdings and I have therefore instructed my officials to remind these tenants of the possibility of their purchasing their homes and land on reasonable terms.I will also be prepared to sell vacant holdings where there is no immediate likelihood of their use for amalgamation or structural improvement or where it would not be appropriate or suitable to re-let them as separate viable units.