HC Deb 05 June 1939 vol 348 cc33-4
48. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Health whether, having regard to the arrangements made between himself and the Secretary of State for War for consultation between county Territorial Associations and town planning authorities in connection with the selection of sites for Territorial Army purposes which arrangements were communicated to local authorities by Circular 1821, and, in view of the absence of any similar arrangements in relation to the selection of sites for the purposes of the Air Ministry, he will consult with the Secretary of State for Air in order to ensure, without prejudice to rapidity of action, such consultation between the Air Ministry and the town planning authorities as may be in the interest of all concerned?

The Minister of Health (Mr. Elliot)

For some time arrangements for consultation between the Air Ministry and planning authorities have been in operation through my Department. My hon. Friend will appreciate that, owing to the various technical considerations involved in the requirements of the Air Ministry, it is desirable that consultation should in each case be effected through my Department in the first place.

Sir J. Mellor

Can my right hon. Friend say why this procedure was not followed in the recent instance of the acquisition of a site by the Air Ministry in the Solihull urban district?

Mr. Elliot

If my hon. Friend will give me details of that, I will look into it.