HC Deb 06 April 1948 vol 449 cc2-3
6. Mr. Collins

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that the Somerset County Council has negotiated with his Department since December, 1946, in respect of compensation payable for removal of defence works on the Donyatt Estate; that no settlement has been reached and meanwhile valuable agricultural land worth up to £6 per acre annual rental, cannot be used for food production; and if he will make a statement.

The Under-Secretary of State for War (Mr. Michael Stewart)

I regret that there has been delay in a local office in dealing with the county council's claim, but the council are now being informed of the amount of compensation which can be offered them.

Mr. Collins

Is my hon. Friend aware that there has been a very long delay in this matter, and can he give an assurance that steps will be taken to avoid a similar delay in future, so that agricultural land is not held and wasted in this way?

Mr. Stewart

Yes, Sir. I am aware that there has been delay, and it is being further investigated.