HC Deb 28 October 1943 vol 393 cc379-80
66. Mr. Hutchinson

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning what progress has been made in the preparation of the regional plan for Greater London; and when it is anticipated that this plan will be made public?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

Substantial progress has been made in the preparation of the regional plan to which my hon. and learned Friend refers. I hope to receive it during February next.

Mr. Hutchinson

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that it will not be easy to proceed with the planning either of the Greater London area or of the County of London area until this plan is made public?

Mr. Morrison

I am aware of that. There are two dangers. One is that the plan may be unduly delayed, and the other is that it may be founded on inadequate research work. I am informed by those who have to undertake the work that it has proved slower than was expected. Our object is to complete it, and to see that the plan is based on facts.

Mr. McEntee

What is the area of Greater London mentioned in the Question?

Mr. Morrison

I could not answer that accurately without notice, but I will inform the hon. Member of the area covered.

Mr. John Wilmot

Will my right hon. Friend keep in mind the dangers arising in the Greater London area from the acquisition of land during the interim period for purposes which are not in conformity with this plan?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir; I am aware of that. But, of course, very little development can take place in the period with which we are concerned.