It is the policy of the Government when property is to be acquired for the public service not to authorise the payment of prices in excess of those calculated in accordance with the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947. The price paid by the Flintshire County Council was in excess of this figure.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this chief fire officer came from South Wales, that the right hon. Gentleman's Department was consulted by the county council about what they were to do for his accommodation, and that the county council got no answer for three months? During that time they had to get on with the work and to get the officer a house. Can the right hon. Gentleman now see that some grant is paid, possibly not the full amount for the house but the full amount payable under the Town and Country Planning Act?