Land, Plymouth

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Michael Foot Mr Michael Foot , Plymouth, Devonport 12:00 am, 30th July 1952

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many acres of land within the boundaries of the city of Plymouth are owned or held by his Department; and whether he will conduct a survey to discover whether this land is being fully used.

Photo of Mr James Thomas Mr James Thomas , Hereford

About 1,070 acres of land are owned or held by the Admiralty within the city boundaries of Plymouth. All this land is in full use except for some 50 acres which are reserved for known future requirements. No survey is therefore considered necessary.

Photo of Mr Michael Foot Mr Michael Foot , Plymouth, Devonport

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Admiralty has much greater facilities for playing fields than many of the civilian users, who would like to have such facilities, and will he make a more detailed survey and see if the answer he has given me is really correct?

Photo of Mr James Thomas Mr James Thomas , Hereford

I do not think a survey is really necessary. Of the land in the vacant acreage mentioned, 30 acres are for a possible overflow from the Marine barracks, seven acres for storage purposes taken over from the Ministry of Works, and the remaining 12 acres are for a possible extension of the dockyard.