HC Deb 22 February 1955 vol 537 cc1061-2
39. Mr. Owen

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, having now examined the Third Report of the Public Accounts Committee, he will make a statement concerning the balance and use of the National Land Fund.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I regret that I am still not in a position to make a statement on these matters.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Will the Chancellor take into account the suggestion that some of this Fund might well be used, as originally intended, for the National Parks Commission?

Mr. Butler

This is a time of year when I consider all sorts of attractive ideas.

Mr. K. Robinson

Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that, if he is not able to tell us anything before the Budget, a statement on the future of the Fund will be incorporated in his Budget statement?

Mr. Butler

I can give no undertaking whatever about my Budget statement. This is a matter which is obviously under consideration at this time of year.