HC Deb 01 July 1937 vol 325 cc2137-8
31. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Health how many town and country planning authorities of Great Britain include one or more towns of 20,000 inhabitants or over within their areas; how many town and country authorities do not include a town of that size; and in how many of the latter would a 1d. rate produce over £1,000 in any one year?

The Minister of Health (Sir Kingsley Wood)

As the answer involves a number of figures I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Bossom

Will the right hon. Gentleman give some indication as to how many areas to-day receive less than £1,000 as a result of a 1d. rate?

Sir K. Wood

Certain other considerations arise in this matter, and I would prefer my hon. Friend to study my reply, and then put a further question if he so desires.

Following is the answer:

There are 386 authorities in England and Wales with a population of 20,000 or over, in the whole or part of whose areas schemes are in operation or in course of preparation either by the authority themselves or by a joint committee or a county council. Seven hundred and nine authorities with a population of less than 20,000 have schemes in operation or preparation for the whole or part of their area, but of these 491 are being planned by a joint committee or a county council and 50 more by the authorities of adjoining districts. The remaining 168 have or are preparing schemes for their own districts, and of these two have a penny rate product of over £1,000. In many cases the county council are contributing to the cost of the scheme. The foregoing figures need some qualification because in some cases an area is being planned partly by one authority and partly by another. Any inquiry with regard to Scotland should be addressed to the Secretary of State.

33. Mr. Kelly

asked the Minister of Health the number of appeals under the Town and Country Planning Act in London since March, 1935; and how many of these appeals were dismissed?

Sir K. Wood

Excluding appeals which have been withdrawn or otherwise lapsed, and appeals which are not yet decided, 78 appeals under the Town and County Planning Act have been received from the Administrative County of London since 1st April, 1935. Of these 45 were dismissed, nine settled by agreement, and 24 allowed.

Mr. Kelly

How many applications does that mean, and what percentage of the applications has been allowed?

Sir K. Wood

I will try to work it out for the hon. Member.