HC Deb 26 February 1952 vol 496 cc919-20
19. Mr. Norman Dodds

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what progress has been made in respect to the gypsy survey in Kent; what form it is taking; and when it is expected to be completed.

The Minister of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

The answer to the hon. Member's Question is contained in the statement made by the Kent County Council on 27th January, a copy of which was sent to him on 15th February.

Mr. Dodds

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that people outside Parliamentary circles who are greatly interested in this problem deeply appreciate the sympathetic and helpful way in which his civil servants and the Kent County Planning Officer are approaching this matter, and will he give them every assistance to work out a blue print in Kent which will serve as a pattern for the rest of the country?

Mr. Macmillan

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for what he has said.

Mr. Gerald Williams

Will my right hon. Friend say why Kent is singled out for this distinction? Is Kent more gypsy-minded than other counties?

Mr. Macmillan

Presumably because it is a very progressive county.

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