§ 47. Major CHAPPLE
asked the Prime Minister whether the hotel at Skinbur-ness has been bought by the Government; if so, whether the furniture, the equipment, and the goodwill of the licence to sell liquors were included in the sale; what was the price paid; and what was the object of the purchase?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of MUNITIONS (Mr. Kellaway)
The premises and other interests mentioned in the question have been acquired by the Central Control Board at an agreed price of £6,750 as a necessary part of the scheme for the direct control of the liquor traffic in this part of Cumberland.
§ Major CHAPPLE
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the property could have been bought for less, and will he say what need there was' of purchasing a hotel there?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
The answer to the last part is contained in the reply I have just given. As to the price, it was negotiated with a valuer of the Board, approved by the Central Control Board, referred to the Treasury, and approved by them.