HC Deb 07 December 1920 vol 135 c1930W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that the land on which the camp at Westbere stands is valuable for agricultural purposes, and that unless it is quickly restored to its owner it will be impossible to prepare the land and sow it for a crop next year; what rate of compensation will be paid to the owner if he is prevented from cropping the land in 1921; and in view of the pressure being put on farmers by the Government to cultivate the land to its full capacity in order to increase the Home-grown food supply, whether it is a good example, and in the interests of public economy, to retain this valuable agricultural land in military occupation for the sake of a few sheds to house lorries?


All the sheds and vehicles remaining at Westbere are now surplus to Army requirements and the necessary arrangements are being made for handing them over to the Disposal Board. Rent up to Christmas, 1920, has been paid by the Department. I am informed that in its present state the land has no value for cropping in 1921 and that the estimated compensation in lieu of reinstatement of the land is £200.