HC Deb 08 February 1934 vol 285 cc1289-90
38. Major NATHAN

asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the desirability of using his powers under Section 4 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1932, to constitute, by order, an executive regional committee for Greater London, in order that an operative master plan for the region may be prepared as soon as possible?


The Greater London Regional Planning Committee has been recently reconstituted. Its functions are primarily advisory; but in certain circumstances executive, in connection with the preparation of planning schemes under powers which may be conferred upon it by any of its constituent authorities. The powers to which the hon. and gallant Member refers can be exercised by me only on request. No request for their exercise has been made. A regional committee with full executive powers could not be successfully established, except in response to a substantially unanimous demand from the local authorities.


Has the right hon. Gentleman taken any steps to seek a request from those who consider the conferring on the regional committee of executive powers unnecessary, and, if unsuccessful, by what means does he contemplate securing an operative master plan for London?


On the administrative scene the possibility of the formation of such committees is always under discussion.