§ 38. Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether he can give an assurance that local authorities, who have acquired or have entered into commitments for the acquisition or use of lands for the erection of either temporary or permanent houses or other urgent public works, will not be financially prejudiced under any legislation which may be promoted by His Majesty's Government with regard to the acquisition of land for public purposes.
§ The Minister of Town and Country Planning (Mr. W. S. Morrison)
It will be for Parliament to decide what provisions should apply to land owned by local authorities under legislation for the acquisition of land for public purposes; but I shall, in accordance with promises already given to them, consult local authorities regarding any legislative proposals affecting them.
§ Mr. Bossom
Cannot my right hon. Friend make it perfectly clear that in 970 any financial facilities likely to be made available to towns those which are enterprising and go-ahead are not penalised?
§ Mr. Morrison
The matter is not so simple as that. It is a complicated question and can best be discussed when the Bill is before the House.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
Was the right hon. Gentleman's Department consulted on the case about which I have asked the Minister of Health a Question?