HC Deb 11 March 1971 vol 813 c571
27. Mr. Hardy

asked the Minister of State for Defence when the current survey of defence lands is expected to be completed; and what is the earliest date by which the lands found to be surplus to requirements can be released.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

I cannot say when Lord Nugent's committee will complete its work, nor can I anticipate its findings. In the meantime we are continuing the normal disposal of land no longer needed for the Armed Forces.

Mr. Hardy

Can we have greater urgency in this matter? Does the hon. Gentleman not realise that achievement here would allow the redemption of at least one promise of the Prime Minister, and that that would be a rare phenomenon indeed?

Mr. Gilmour

The hon. Member is totally mistaken. We have shown considerable urgency. We set up a committee immediately, whereas there was no indication that the previous Government intended to set one up for some years ahead.