HC Deb 23 June 1948 vol 452 cc1343-4
34. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what financial settlement has been made in respect of the pier at Lamlash, Arran.

The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. Walter Edwards)

In July, 1946, a settlement was made with the owners of the Pier, the Arran Estate Trustees, under which a lump sum was paid in full and final settlement of all Government use of, and damage to Lamlash Pier during the war and up to 31st May, 1946.

Mr. Hughes

Can the Minister tell us how much was the lump sum and whether there was any condition of payment that it should be spent on repairing the pier, which has not been repaired?

Mr. Gallacher

While the Minister is answering that question, will he say how much the Duke of Montrose got out of the deal?

Mr. Edwards

I do not know anything about the Duke of Montrose. I am informed that the settlement was made with the Arran Estate Trustees and accepted in full and final settlement of all Government dues up to 31st May, 1946. We have received no further representations from them. We have, in fact, spent £293 on repairing damage there.

Mr. Rankin

Cannot my hon. Friend do anything to get the pier brought into use again, because its continued closure operates very harshly on traders in the Lamlash area?

Mr. Edwards

We have no control whatever over this pier. It was handed back in 1946 and the onus of getting it back into use lies with its owners.