HC Deb 25 October 1949 vol 468 cc1125-6
2. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning if he is now able to make a further statement with regard to the proposed new town at Congleton.

Mr. Silkin

No, Sir. Investigations are still in progress to determine the suitability of the area, both from the point of view of geology and water supply. A further statement will be made when these investigations have been completed, but it is now clear that they must take some time.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether the cuts announced by the Prime Minister yesterday will have any bearing on the construction of die new towns, and will he give some indication of what the tests have so far borne out?

Mr. Silkin

In reply to the first point, "No." The new towns are proceeding, subject, of course, to the general reduction in the number of houses. On the second point, there is no evidence of salt so far as we have gone, but we want to make further borings.

Mr. Ellis Smith

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the comprehensive plan for the North Staffordshire area has been published and, if that has any bearing on Congleton, will he bear it in mind?

Mr. Silkin


Mr. Harold Davies

Will my right hon. Friend keep in touch with the rural authorities, such as Biddulph and others in the district, before any definite agreements are made on this point?

Mr. Silkin

Before any definite steps are taken, I am bound by statute to consult the local authorities who appear to be concerned.

Mr. Davies

My information is that some of them are dissatisfied.