HC Deb 28 June 1955 vol 543 cc173-4
10. Mr. Osborne

asked the Minister of Works if he is aware that the huts on the derequisitioned Royal Air Force site No. 1, South-west Portion, Ludford, Lincolnshire, have been dismantled, but the foundations have been left in a bad condition and covered with concrete and rubble; and if he will give his Nottingham office instructions to clear the land completely in readiness for cultivation.

Mr. Birch

The site to which I believe my hon. Friend refers has not yet been derequisitioned and the arrangements for releasing it, including the payment of compensation, are still being discussed with the owner. The normal arrangements do not provide for the removal of foundations and but bases but for the payment of compensation under the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939.

Mr. Osborne

May I ask my right hon. Friend if he is aware that this derequisitioning is being dealt with by his Nottingham office under rather rigid rules? Is it possible for him to give his regional offices more power to deal with matters like this more expeditiously?

Mr. Birch

If there has been any undue delay I shall be very grateful if my hon. Friend will consult me about it, and I will see what can be done.