HC Deb 27 July 1960 vol 627 c169W
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.