HC Deb 29 June 1921 vol 143 cc2155-6
53. Major W. MURRAY

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, seeing that the Committee appointed to consider the respective merits of certain explosive factories declared their preference for Gretna Factory, he will say for what reason their recommendation has been neglected?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY

The Government had before them all the various solutions of this difficult question propounded by the Committee, but, after a review of all the circumstances, came to the conclusion which I have already announced.

54. Major MURRAY

asked whether any estimate has been made of the loss that the nation will sustain by the forced sale of Gretna Factory and the adjoining lands, houses, and workshops; and whether these factories, villages, etc., will be sold as one unit or in sections?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY

The question of the method of sale of Government property at Gretna will be for the consideration of the Disposal and Liquidation Commission in due course.

55. Major MURRAY

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will have the suggestions laid before him in regard to the utilisation of the electric and other plants at Gretna factories fully considered and adopted if practicable, so as to alleviate some of the distress with which the district is threatened?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY

I assume my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the suggestions made by a deputation from the factory received by me on the 8th June last. After most careful consideration, I regret it was not found practicable to adopt any of the suggestions made.


Do the Government intend to sell this property by sections or as a unit, as it will make a great difference if sold en bloc?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY

I have already answered that. The method of sale will be for the consideration, in due course, of the Disposal and Liquidation Commission. I cannot answer what form they will adopt.


Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman inform the House which Department is responsible for answering questions of the disposal of ordinary property?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY

I am afraid I cannot answer offhand: but if a question is put down I am perfectly prepared to find out.