§ 2. Sir J. Vaughan-Morgan
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made by the Covent Garden Market Authority in its search for a new site for the market.
§ The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. Christopher Soames)
Last April the Authority commissioned a firm of consultants to study a number of sites in relation to the many factors involved. I understand that the Authority expects to receive the consultants' report within the next three or four weeks.
§ Sir J. Vaughan-Morgan
Presumably this refers to sites outside the Covent Garden area, but in view of the fact that the Act authorises the Authority only to establish a new market inside the Covent Garden area, will not some of this expenditure appear to be going to be abortive?
§ Mr. Soames
This firm of consultants has surveyed a number of sites outside. 3 My right hon. Friend will remember that during the passage of the Bill through Parliament it was said that… it is not the intention of the Minister of Agriculture to withhold his consent to the promotion of a Private Bill in Parliament by the Authority empowering it to build the Market elsewhere …"—[OFFICIAL REPORT, House of Lords, 13th July, 1961; Vol. 233, c, 281.]should this be considered to be the right answer.