§ Sir JAMES AGG-GARDNER
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty why the compensation promised to the cottagers at Beachley, in Gloucestershire, who were evicted in September last, in consequence of the Chepstow and Beachley 251W dock scheme, has not yet been paid; and when the promised payment may be expected to be made?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
I am informed by the Director of Lands, who has conducted the negotiations in respect of these cottages, that in spite of every effort made by his Department it has only just been possible to obtain claims from those who are advising the claimants in the matter. These claims have now been received, and the Director of Lands is awaiting a reply from the agents acting for the claimants as to whether they will accept the figure which that Department has been advised to offer.