HC Deb 01 February 1945 vol 407 cc1637-8W
Sir P. Hurd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in order to ensure an economical and orderly disposal of Government-held properties and in pursuance of the recommendation of the Select Committee on National Expenditure in their Sixteenth Report, the Government will put at the disposal of Members, confidentially or otherwise, a list of such properties giving particulars of holdings computed by each Department, so that when considering the Requisitioned Land and War Works Bill, the House may know what may be disposed of under this new legislation.

Sir J. Anderson

Such a list would be almost impossibly voluminous and would be of no real help to the House when considering the Requisitioned Land and War Works Bill. The Bill does not apply to properties held on requisition as such, which will in the vast majority of cases revert to their owners in the ordinary course, but to land whether requisitioned or not on which there are Government war works and in some cases to land which has been diminished in value by war work or war use.

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