§ Mr. RAFFAN
asked the Minister of Health whether the Ministry has refused its sanction to the compulsory purchase by the Fulham Borough Council of the Hurlingham Polo Ground (No. 2) for the purposes of housing; and, if so, whether he will state the extent of the ground which it was proposed to purchase, and the gross and net rental attributed to it for purposes of local taxation?
§ Dr. ADDISON
I felt myself compelled to refuse sanction to the proposal of the Fulham Borough Council to acquire the site in question, as I was advised that the compensation likely to be payable upon proceedings under the Acquisition of Land Act would render this land too expensive as a housing site. The area of the ground proposed to be acquired was 14¾ acres. I understand that the club is assessed as a whole, that the special war time assessments were £1,800 gross and £1,500 net estimated rental, and that at the last quinquennial valuation the figures were £3,745 and £3,121 respectively.