HC Deb 04 May 1944 vol 399 cc1456-7
21. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning if he will intervene to prevent the extension of the buildings of the Taplow Paper Mills on to Mill and Glen Islands in the Thames between Maidenhead Bridge and Boulter's Lock in order in the local and national interest to protect this reach of the river from further desecration.

The Minister of Town and Country Planning (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

The owners of the mills referred to in the Question are at present conducting negotiations with the local planning authorities with a view to making an agreement under Section 34 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1932. Such an agreement, if concluded, will require my approval before it can become operative, and it would not therefore be proper for me to make any comment on the matter at this stage.

Sir A. Knox

Will my right hon. Friend do his very best to prevent the further desecration of this reach, not only from the local point of view but from the national point of view, because it is a national asset?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir.