§ Mr. John Marshall
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the size of the site and the offices of the headquarters of the Milk Marketing Board at Thames Ditton; and what estimate has been made of their value.
§ Mr. Curry
The Milk Marketing Board has informed us that the size of its Thames Ditton headquarters site is about 22 acres. The gross area of buildings on site is about 254,000 sq ft. The value of the site would depend on a number of factors, such as the state of the market and the intended use for it.
Under the Agriculture Bill, the Milk Marketing Board would be able to apply to Ministers for approval of formal proposals for the transfer and distribution of its assets including its Thames Ditton headquarters. In deciding 209W whether to grant approval, Ministers would have to have regard to all the circumstances and in particular to whether the proposals made reasonable provision for the distribution of assets to registered producers.