HC Deb 15 July 1952 vol 503 cc1973-4
44. Mr. Foot

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the proposed new war memorial on Plymouth Hoe is to be constructed on that part of the Hoe which is held by his Department for military use; and what military use these acres have been serving in recent years.

Mr. Head

The proposed new war memorial is to be constructed on that part of Plymouth Hoe which was leased to the Plymouth Corporation for 99 years. The bulk of the area occupied by the Army is used for a coast defence centre.

Mr. Foot

Does the right hon. Gentleman's answer mean that the question whether this memorial should be proceeded with is entirely a matter for the Plymouth Corporation because his Department has nothing to do with it whatsoever?

Mr. Head

My Department never had anything to do with this war memorial. The recommendation was made by the Admiralty to the I.W.G.C., who referred the matter to the Plymouth City Council, who agreed to the scheme, and the I.W.G.C., acting as agents on the Admiralty's behalf, is proceeding with the memorial.