HC Deb 14 June 1939 vol 348 cc1290-1
34. Mr. Mathers

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what developments are to take place on the south side of the Forth, near Queens-bury, which have led to the closing of But law Holiday Camp; whether he is aware of the resultant hardship to unemployed families, and whether he is in consultation with the Scottish Commissioner for Special Areas with a view of arranging for an alternative holiday camp?

Mr. Shakespeare

The Port Edgar Naval Base is being reopened to provide facilities for housing and training Royal Naval Special Reservists in Scotland and to allow of the transfer of certain naval activities from Portland. The Scottish Commissioner for Special Areas has been informed of the necessity of the Admiralty resuming possession of this land.

Mr. Mathers

Is anything being done by the Admiralty to assist the Scottish Special Areas Commissioner to meet the needs of those people, who have been so badly disappointed?

Mr. Shakespeare

We can only meet them in so far as we have land available, but I think the Special Commissioner will be able to do something.