HC Deb 10 February 1904 vol 129 cc1309-10
MR. THOMAS SHAW(HawickBurghs)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland what is the state of the negotiations with regard to the purchase of the estate of Stobs, Roxburghshire, and adjoining land for the purposes of a military camp and military training; has a purchase been arranged or is it to be abandoned; are any arrangements being made for leasing property; and what is the extent of the lands which are the subject of transaction.


The Stobs Estate, 3,615 acres in extent, has been purchased. As regards the purchase of certain adjoining lands, the negotiations now proceeding have not reached a stage at which any disclosure in regard to their nature or the extent of the land concerned would be expedient. I regret, there ore, that I am not in a position to give the hon. and learned Member the information which he desires to obtain. I may add that at present no arrangements are being made for leasing any property in this neighbourhood.