HC Deb 21 November 1968 vol 773 cc314-5W
Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether, before using the land and buildings of the mine depot at Wrabness as a prison he will offer the land and buildings on the open market so that industry may have a chance of buying, in view of the importance of this area for the export trade.

Mr. Reynolds

No. I am following the customary procedure of first offering surplus defence land to other Government Departments, who take account of the national interest, before offering it to local authorities or for sale publicly. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is considering whether the Wrabness depot can be used as a prison.