70. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Houghton-le-Spring Urban District Council, Durham, has decided not to purchase for building purposes a site of 3.9 acres of land at New Herrington, considering the price too high although the district valuer recommended acceptance and the Minister of Health was prepared to sanction purchase at the valuer's figure; whether he can say what is the rateable assessment of that land; and, if the council has since acquired an alternative site, what is its area, its rateable value, and the sum proposed to be paid?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)
The urban district council informed my right hon. Friend on 6th October that they had decided to purchase this land for housing purposes and he has sanctioned the necessary loan.