HC Deb 03 July 1951 vol 489 c2129
23. Miss Bacon

asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning on what date he gave his consent to the scheme in the Chapeltown area of Leeds for the conversion of large houses into self-contained flats.

Mr. Dalton

The council submitted two compulsory purchase orders on 16th May, but on 7th June they withdrew them. I could not have given consent before 8th June at the earliest.

Miss Bacon

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the first act of the new Conservative Leeds City Council was to abandon this scheme? Is he further aware that as a result of this decision many very good houses which are now used as tenement houses and which could have been converted into good flats will fall into decay and disrepair?

Mr. Dalton

My hon. Friend is quite right in saying that the withdrawal of the order followed the return of a Tory majority in Leeds. As to the consequences, it may well be that what she says is accurate, but I have no evidence on that point.

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