HC Deb 24 May 1962 vol 660 cc653-4
13. Mrs. Hart

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what application has been made under Section 52 of the Requisitioned Land and War Works Act, 1945, by the owners of the Douglas and Angus Estates, for funds to meet the cost of restoring the land at Happendon Castle, Douglas, which was a war-time camp and training area, is still littered with ruined buildings and is now under consideration as a suitable site for urgently-needed new industry.

Mr. Brooke

As far as I am aware, no such application has been made.

Mrs. Hart

Will the right hon. Gentleman draw the attention of the noble Lord, Lord Home, the members of whose family are, I understand, the owners of the limited liability company, Douglas and Angus Estates, to the opportunities that exist for such a grant? Would it not be a very great pity if it came to the pitch where the local planning authority had to exert pressure far improvements to be made that were necessary to attract industry to this part of Lanarkshire, which so desperately needs it?

Mr. Brooke

I am quite sure that my noble Friend will see what the hon. Lady has said. I understand that the local planning authority is, at the moment, considering whether to zone this area far industrial use.