No, Sir. This firm and another interested party have been given the opportunity to state their objections before an independent person appointed for the purpose, whose report has now been received and is under consideration.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the spokesman of the Ministry was not allowed to be cross-examined by the counsel for the company? Is he aware that this is not a small local affair, but is an issue which concerns the whole of Scotland, since this company was a pioneer of civil aviation in Scotland. Will he not take some steps to deal with the matter properly?
Most of the buildings and the machinery used at the present time at Prestwick by Scottish Aviation are owned by the Crown. The company has paid no rent for four years and, as the day of reckoning approaches, every delaying tactic possible is used, and this is one of them.