§ 70. Mr. BETTERTON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether it is the intention of the Government to acquire a further 127 acres, which are at present under cultivation, adjacent to the Chilwell shell-filling factory and to erect thereon sheds for the purpose of storing motor cars and other military stores; if so, what is the estimated cost of the scheme; whether the sitting tenants have already received notice to quit; and whether, in view of the accommodation already available, both at Chilwell and in other parts of the country, the agricul- 1682 tural value of the land to be acquired, and the hardship to the persons to be dispossessed, he will, before proceeding further, refer the matter to a Committee of this House for a Report upon the scheme?
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply. I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to a question by my Noble Friend the Member for Nottingham (South) on Thursday last. No decision has yet been reached as regards the acquisition of additional land at Chilwell. Preliminary inquiries have been made as to cost. The tenants have not received notice to quit, and there is no immediate intention to dispossess the sitting tenants.