HC Deb 05 November 1945 vol 415 c1053W
Major Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for War when Littledene, near Lewes, was requisitioned for military purposes; how long it has been empty; whether it is being kept in a state of repair and by whom; whether he is satisfied that the water supply is adequate for the maximum number of troops; why his Department recently refused to return this property to the owner, who is homeless; and by whom the large and formerly productive vegetable garden is being cultivated.

Mr. Lawson

This property was requisitioned in July, 1943, and has been unoccupied since October, 1944. It is being maintained by the local Garrison Engineer. Under normal conditions, the water supply is adequate. The property was held against a requirement which can now be met in War Department premises and action to derequisition it is being taken. The owner is aware of the position. The garden was not requisitioned.