HC Deb 16 March 1948 vol 448 cc1872-3
37. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Secretary of State for War what price was received for St. Peter's Barracks and the adjoining land in Jersey; what was the basis of valuation; and what was the land worth in the open market.

Mr. Shinwell

This barracks, with the adjoining land, is being sold for £5,000. The basis of valuation was the full building value of the site. Owing to restrictions which could be imposed by the States of Jersey, sale to a private individual or individuals was not a practical proposition.

Sir W. Smithers

While realising the suffering that was caused by the German occupation of the Channel Islands, can the Secretary of State for War assure the House that the interests of the British taxpayer are safeguarded in this matter?

Mr. Shinwell

The barracks were no longer required by the Army, and as the authorities in Jersey wished to use the site for another purpose, we naturally concluded this bargain.