§ 60. Mr. Kelly
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he can now state the result of the negotiations of the Blackpool Corporation for the acquisition of about 350 acres of land at Lytharn for the purpose of its aerodrome; whether the price has been agreed upon, what is the price; and what was the rateable value previous to purchase?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead)
I understand that the Corporation of Blackpool have provisionally agreed to acquire about 167 acres at£280 per acre; the rest of the 1218 acreage referred to is already owned by them, but I am unaware of the price paid. I further understand that the land was agricultural land and therefore derated.
§ Mr. T. Williams
Could the Under-Secretary say how it is that we pay three, four or five times the agricultural value of land when it is bought for aerodromes?
§ Mr. Williams
May I ask the hon. and gallant Member whether he is keeping an eye on the colossal prices which are being paid for purely and exclusively agricultural land bought for this purpose?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead
The hon. Member will see that this is a case in which the Corporation of Blackpool are buying the land.