§ Mr. R. YOUNG
asked the Minister of Health what Report he received from the inspector instructed to make inquiries regarding the proposed purchase of 54 acres of land in Burgess Street, Southampton, by the Southampton Corporation, at £225 per acre, when only a few years ago its owner bought it for about £80 per acre?
§ Major ASTOR
The inspector reported that the site to which the hon. Member refers was suitable for housing, but that the Inland Revenue valuation was substantially below the price asked by the owner. 205W My right hon. Friend has instructed the Commissioner to confer with the town council with a view to further negotiations with the owner. Should these fail, my right hon. Friend will not hesitate to recommend the use of compulsory powers.