HC Deb 30 June 1938 vol 337 cc2117-8
58. Mrs. Tate

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the wholesale clearance orders which have been made in the villages of Timsbury and Paulton, in Somerset, by the Clutton Rural District Council; and whether this is with his approval?

Mr. Elliot

I am aware that the rural district council have made a number of clearance orders in respect of properties in the villages of Timsbury and Paulton. In taking this action, and submitting the orders for my confirmation, the council have proceeded in accordance with their statutory powers and duties. My hon. Friend may be assured that before deciding whether to confirm the orders I shall give the fullest consideration to all the evidence before me, including the report of my inspector, who will hold a public local inquiry into the orders in the course of next month.

Mrs. Tate

Could I have the right hon. Gentleman's assurance that he will give this matter his personal attention, as I have inspected the houses myself and know that a very large number of them can be made perfectly sound, and that it would be nothing less than wanton destruction if they were put into a clearance order?

Mr. Elliot

I have undertaken to give the matter my personal consideration.

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