§ Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the cost per year each year since its closure of guarding Haldon prison camp in Devon; how the total spent on guarding this site now compares with its estimated value on the market; and whether the Exchequer would not benefit from its quick sale, even at a low price, to save continuing costs of guarding it.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The cost per year each year has been in 1975-£12, 290; 1976-£16, 380; 1977-£16, 380; 1978-£16, 380; 1979-£17, 700; 1980-£19, 860; and 1981-£19.860; a total cost of £118, 850. The value of the site would depend upon the use approved by the planning authority. The Department's policy is to sell property as quickly as possible but in this case delay was caused by difficult and protracted negotiations over various easements and rights with neighbouring landowners.