asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to give a decision shortly as regards the contributions in lieu of rates in respect of Government property at Gretna, which have been claimed by local authorities in Dumfriesshire; and whether he is aware that delay in this matter is retarding the sale of the Gretna property and factory?
Following on my letter to my hon. and gallant Friend of the 6th October last, negotiations have been taking place with the County Council on the various matters affecting them which arose in connection with Gretna. I understand the present position to be that the Disposal and Liquidation Commission are still awaiting a reply to a letter to the County Council of the 17th January last. While I extremely regret the delay in disposing of these questions, I am not aware that the sale of the property has been in any way prejudiced thereby.