§ 21. Mr. CHORLTON
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that in the rebuilding plans proposed for the Collyhurst, Manchester, clearance area, less than one-eighth of the number of shops now existing are being provided for the dispossessed small shopkeepers; and what he proposes to do in the matter to overcome the risk of hardship?
§ The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir Hilton Young)
No, Sir. I understand that the rehousing proposals for this area, including the question of the number of shops to be provided, are still under the consideration of the City Council.
§ Mr. CHORLTON
Can my right hon. Friend take any steps to prevent what is really a very deserving class, the class of small shopkeeper, being driven out of existence?
§ Sir H. YOUNG
I think my hon. Friend will see that it would not be right for me to make any answer, pending the consideration of the matter by the City Council.
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Is it not the case that in all slum clearance schemes the local authorities themselves make provision for any small shopkeeper who happens to lose his business?