§ Mr. Austick
asked the Minister of State for Defence what stage has been reached in the negotiations between his Department and the Ripon City Council in the matter of the purchase by his Department of that area of land known as Ripon Parks; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Blaker
We are awaiting a decision by Ripon City Council whether, pending the local government reorganisation due to take effect next year, it wishes to continue negotiations at the present time. For our part it is still our intention to purchase this land.