§ Mr. Key
No, Sir. Arrangements are already in operation giving priority to such applications for hutting for use as village halls and community centres as are sponsored by the Ministry of Education. The huts are sold at reasonable prices fixed by my Department. The number of suitable huts is small, and some waiting is, therefore, inevitable.
§ Mr. Medlicott
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in practice, the huts cannot be obtained, except after months of protracted negotiations? If, as it now appears, the number of such huts available is very small, would it not be better to say so and prevent disappointment in hundreds of small village communities?
§ Mr. Stephen
Has my right hon. Friend seen the serious allegations which have been made by the ex-Secretary of State for Scotland about the wastage of these huts in Scotland, and will he take steps to deal with them?
§ Mr. Martin Lindsay
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the scheme is completely nullified because local authorities cannot get huts owing to the owners of land being given priority? In many cases, the Owners of the land take the huts and later re-sell them. Will he answer that serious question?