HC Deb 04 February 1937 vol 319 c1769
67. Sir P. Harris

asked the Minister of Health in how many cases within the Greater London area have local authorities succeeded in recovering betterment on account of increase in value of property caused by any scheme under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1932, in terms of Section 21; whether there has been any failure to collect betterment after an attempt has been made to do so; and, if so, what were the reasons for the failure?

Sir K. Wood

The period during which schemes made under the Act of 1932 have been in operation is necessarily short. Local authorities are under no obligation to inform me what action they take under Section 21 of the Act. I am not, therefore, in a position to give the information desired.

Sir P. Harris

Does the right hon. Gentleman think it is his job as Minister of Health to know nothing about what is going on and of what he ought to know? Is he not interested in his job, and is he aware that I am interested in the welfare of Greater London?

Sir K. Wood

Something seems to have upset the hon. Baronet. I am sure he realises that I do not want to trouble local authorities with unnecessary inquiries with regard to this matter.

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