HC Deb 08 March 1949 vol 462 cc959-60
8. Mr. Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the explanation for the long delay in the derequisitioning of the anti-aircraft site and other land occupied by his Department in Finsbury Park; and if he will take steps to hasten the derequisition in view of the shortage of open spaces in North London.

Mr. Shinwell

The delay in de-requisitioning the anti-aircraft gunsite in Finsbury Park has been caused by the necessity for reviewing the whole of the operational lay-out of anti-aircraft defence. I regret that I am not yet able to say when the whole or any part of this land can be released.

Mr. Gammans

Does that answer mean that possibly the people in North London will never get back Finsbury Park, and is the Minister aware of the awful jumble of broken-down huts in the park? Surely, the right hon. Gentleman does not need all those?

Mr. Shinwell

As I have said, we are reviewing the whole question of antiaircraft defence and, therefore, I cannot say more.