§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Secretary of State for War how it is that none of the land taken over in Berkshire has been relinquished, as this process had begun on 6th June, 1944; whether he is aware that early this year instructions were issued by the Claims Commission that these areas were to be retained; and if he will now specially reconsider the matter, in view of the disabilities that farmers and landowners are suffering on account of the lack of decision and appropriate action by the authorities.1823W
§ Sir J. Grigg
Since 6th June, 1944, about 50,000 acres of land held in Berkshire under Defence Regulation 52 have been released. This is more than half the total held there on that date. The areas still held are needed for military training, and I assume my hon. Friend is referring to the orders issued on 1st April for renewal of requisition, under Defence Regulation 52. In order to enable farmers to till the land and reintroduce stock, the main area, known as Area F, is not being used for training by armoured vehicles. As soon as it is clear that the area will not be needed it will be released in accordance with the normal policy in these matters. I regret that I cannot now say when that will be.