HC Deb 23 May 1950 vol 475 c1829
21. Mr. Nigel Davies

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning how many industrial concerns have so far been granted a building licence to erect factories in the Harlow New Town.

Mr. Dalton

One building licence has already been issued, and my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade is issuing industrial development certificates and building licences for two other firms. He is also issuing industrial development certificates for two more firms and I have every reason to expect that building licences will follow soon.

Mr. Davies

Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether it may be hoped that the building of these factories will start reasonably soon because, as he is aware, upwards of 1,000 houses are already being built in Harlow and it is, therefore, a matter of prime urgency?

Mr. Dalton

Once the building licences have been given, it is part of the work of the Corporation to synchronise the building of factories and houses, and I am sure that they will.