HC Deb 14 June 1951 vol 488 c2499
40. Mr. Baldwin

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that the proposal to erect a new police station at Ledbury, Herefordshire, entailing considerable capital expenditure, is strongly opposed by the local authority and the inhabitants; and whether, in view of this opposition, he will reconsider the proposal.

Mr. Ede

This proposal is the responsibility of the county police authority. I may say, however, that I am advised that a new police station is badly needed at Ledbury and I should not be justified in discouraging the police authority from providing it.

Mr. Baldwin

In view of the necessity for keeping down capital expenditure at this time and the fact that there is a long waiting list of people who want houses at Ledbury, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that this proposal might wait until these people have houses to live in?

Mr. Ede

I am advised that this work is urgently needed for the public service.

Mr. David Jones

Could not my right hon. Friend persuade the Conservative Party to persuade the Conservative members on the council concerned to deal with the matter?