§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Technology by what authority, arising out of the agreement between Beagle Aircraft 1968 Limited and the landlords, the company erected the building costing £131,000 on Shoreham Airport; why it did not seek to renew the lease when it 226W expired in May, 1969; and what action he now proposes to take in relation to these transactions.
§ Mr. Carmichael
The Department authorised the original Beagle Company to proceed with the construction of the new assembly shop at Shoreham Airport in 1967; Beagle Aircraft (1968) Ltd. was not incorporated until July, 1968. Beagle's lease at Shoreham does not expire until August, 1970. Negotiations on a long-term lease were linked to plans for the provision of a hard runway and were deferred pending the outcome of the runway planning application. The liquidator is currently in negotiation with the landlords and prospective purchasers regarding the future use of the premises, and it would not be helpful to comment further.