§ The Under-Secretary of State for War (Mr. Julian Amery)
The purchase of the Warcop Hall estate was completed on 1st June, 1955. It would be contrary to Government practice to disclose the price paid. The estate was needed as part of a firing range.
§ Mr. Short
How much longer does the Under-Secretary of State intend to keep on repeating this silly reply? This House is in the middle of a large and populous village. How on earth can he say that it is part of a range? Will the Minister 961 say to what use the hall is being put, and why was it necessary for his Department to purchase this manor house, which is one of the most beautiful manor houses in this part of the country? Why does not the War Office either sell it or find a tenant for it? And why all the secrecy about the purchase price? Can the hon. Gentleman imagine what some of his hon. Friends would say if the Coal Board or the Central Electricity Authority had been concerned?