HC Deb 28 March 1944 vol 398 cc1230-1
17. Mr. Boothby

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he proposes to introduce legislation to deal with town and country planning and the acquisition of land for the purpose of reconstruction or development.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. T. Johnston)

As already announced by my noble Friend the Minister of Reconstruction the Government's proposals—including proposals for Scotland—will be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after Easter.

Mr. Boothby

Will the 1939 ceiling apply to Scotland as well as to England?

Mr. Johnston

Whatever proposals are put forward will cover Scotland.

Mr. Shinwell

Has not my right hon. Friend observed that, when the statement to which he referred was made, one of his colleagues said that "as soon as possible after Easter" might mean shortly before Christmas?

Mr. Johnston

The answer that I have given is as soon as possible after Easter. I said nothing about Christmas.

Mr. Gallacher

May we take it that the Minister will be ruthless in acquiring land and will have no consideration for the old gang?

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