§ Mr. Denzil Freeth
asked the Minister of Defence how the acreage held by Service Departments in the counties of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, respectively, as at 1st July, 1960. compares with the amount so held on 1st July, 1939; and whether he is satisfied that proposed reductions in the present total are adequate.
§ Mr. Watkinson
The answer is as follows:
— Surrey Hampshire Berkshire Acres Acres Acres Land held on 1st July, 1939 13,216 32,673 4,779 Land held on 1st July, 1960 13,345 39,448 8,515
The amount of land held by the Service Departments in these counties compares reasonably with that held in 1939. In view of the continuing defence requirements in these counties, I consider that the reductions proposed in the next three years are satisfactory.