§ 16. Sir J. POWER
asked the Minister of Health what steps are being taken to ensure suitable town-planning, including the provision of adequate sanitation, in rural areas adjoining large towns in which extensive building is taking place?
Town planning schemes are in course of preparation for the whole or parts of 127 rural districts, either by the rural district councils themselves or by neighbouring urban authorities, and I am encouraging other local authorities to take similar action, where needed, by promoting joint town planning committees of neighbouring authorities to consider the town planning needs of their areas. Provision for sanitation is usually made under the general law, apart from town planning schemes.
§ Mr. E. BROWN
Does the Minister propose to extend the Housing and Town Planning Acts? Am I right in believing that the Housing and Town Planning Acts only apply to towns with populations of over 20,000?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
Does the right hon. Gentleman not consider that the principles of town planning contradict the idea of reducing the size of houses advocated in his speech of yesterday?
§ Sir JOSEPH NALL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the necessities of town planning may require an adequate number of dwellings of the size necessary for the people concerned?