HC Deb 13 July 1948 vol 453 cc997-8
29. Mr. Digby

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether he is aware of the proposal to erect wireless stations for the use of the police on Bulbarrow and Eggardon Hills, Dorset; and what action he proposes to take in this matter, having regard to the amenities of the county and the objections raised to the proposal by the Dorset Joint Planning Committee.

The Minister of Town and Country Planning (Mr. Silkin)

Yes, Sir, as to Eggardon Hill; possible alternative sites are under consideration and no formal application for permission has therefore yet been made to the local planning authority. As to Bulbarrow Hill, this is at present held on requisition by the Air Ministry; the permanent disposal of the site and buildings on relinquishment will be considered nearer the time. There is, however, a proposal that they should make available to the Dorset Police part of the existing station. This proposal is still under consideration.

Mr. Byers

May I ask the Minister how long it is expected to be before the site on Bulbarrow will be derequisitioned?

Mr. Silkin

That is not a question for me.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

For what purpose should the Dorset Police want to use a wireless station in this loveliest of lovely countryside?