§ 14. Mr. S. Shephard
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that, although a compulsory purchase order in respect of land at Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, was confirmed on 12th March, 1946, tenders for the building of houses have not yet been advertised; and what steps he proposes to take to push forward housing development in this area.
§ Mr. Shephard
Can the right hon. Gentleman say where the blame for this delay lies? The people of Radcliffe-onTrent believe that it is his Ministry; can he refute that or not?
§ Mr. Bevan
I am not aware that in this matter there has been any delay on the part of the Ministry, but if the hon. Gentleman will look at the Housing Returns, he will see that there are far more houses in tender than the building industry will be able to manage, and therefore the blame cannot be put on the administration.