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Crofters (Scotland) Act 1955

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15Commission to obtain information and to compile register of crofts

(1)The Commission may by notice served on the owner or the occupier of any holding require him to furnish them with such information as may be specified in the notice with regard to the acreage, the rent and the tenure of the holding and with regard to such other matters relating to the ownership or the occupation of the holding as the Commission may reasonably require for the execution of their functions under this Act.

(2)It shall be the duty of the Commission to compile, and from time to time to revise, a register of crofts in such form and containing such particulars as may be approved by the Secretary of State.

(3)Where a landlord and a tenant agree, or where the Land Court decide, that the tenant of a holding is a crofter, it shall be the duty of the landlord in the case of such agreement, and of the Land Court in the case of such decision, forthwith to notify the Commission thereof.

(4)In the absence of agreement between the landlord and the tenant of a holding and of any decision by the Land Court that the tenant is a crofter, the Commission may, on such information as is available to them, decide whether or not to enter the holding in the register kept by them under this section as a croft, and shall give notice of their decision to the landlord and to the tenant; and unless within two months after the giving of such notice the landlord or the tenant applies to the Land Court for a declarator as to the status of the tenant, the decision of the Commission shall be final and conclusive on the matter.

(5)If any owner or occupier on whom a notice has been served under subsection (1) of this section—

(a)fails without reasonable cause or neglects to furnish to the Commission within three months after the service of the notice the information specified in the notice ; or

(b)in furnishing such information as aforesaid knowingly or recklessly furnishes any information which is false in a material particular,

he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten pounds.

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