§ Sir A. LISTER
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether a farm of about 200 acres at Quedgley, about three miles from the City of Gloucester, which was acquired under the Defence of the Realm Act for the purposes of a munition factory, is still being held by his Department, to the loss and detriment of the owner of this land, who is being paid a rent which is much below its market value; and whether he is aware that the owner of this land cannot get any satisfactory reply to his letters?
Part of the property in question is at present utilised as an ammunition breaking down depot, and I regret that at the moment I am unable to say when it will be possible to release it. The remaining portion of this property comprising some six fields has been sub-let to the Gloucester Agriculture Executive Committee for training discharged officers, and I understand that the Committee are at present negotiating with a view to renting the property direct. The Ministry will gladly concur in such an arrangement.