HC Deb 23 February 1871 vol 204 cc754-5

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether the sale of the Government Dockyard to Mr. Austen has been completed; and, if so, whether he is aware if Mr. Austen still remains the owner of it; and, whether Her Majesty's Government have sanctioned the scheme of establishing a foreign cattle market on the site of the dockyard?


Sir, Mr. Austen's interest in that portion of Deptford Dockyard sold to him has been transferred to the Corporation of the City of London, in whose favour the title-deed is being prepared. The Admiralty has nothing to do with the proposal to establish a cattle market on the site; but I believe that such a scheme has been sanctioned by the proper authority.