HC Deb 17 May 1950 vol 475 cc1200-1
28. Mr. Profumo

asked the Secretary of State for Air how much money was spent in erecting a barbed wire fence round the extreme boundary of the Royal Air Force Station, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, contrary to Air Ministry Directorate of Works Order D.G.W. No. 594; and how much it will cost to remove this wire and replace it with statutory fencing.

Mr. A. Henderson

About £430 has been spent at various times since the war on fencing the gaps in the boundary hedge with barbed wire. To replace the barbed wire with cleft chestnut fencing and quickset would cost about £700.

Mr. Profumo

Can the Minister tell us who will bear this cost? Will it be his Ministry or the ratepayers? Is he aware that this is just the sort of thing which hon. Gentlemen on this side of the House mean when they refer to wasteful Government expenditure?

Mr. Henderson

As at present advised, I do not propose to replace the present type of fencing with the type of fencing which will cost £700. The reason why the barbed wire was placed round the boundary was because of the large amount of trespassing that had been taking place.