HC Deb 24 June 1952 vol 502 cc2019-20
18. Mr. F. Willey

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that a shortage of cast iron gas pipes shall not delay the progress of housing in Sunderland.

Mr. H. Macmillan

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Fuel and Power and I have considered this matter. Although some delay in providing a gas supply is, I fear, inevitable, the Town Council do not intend to let this interfere with the completion and occupation of the houses.

Mr. Willey

Will the right hon. Gentleman reduce this delay to the minimum, because otherwise these houses will be completed without gas, and this is a very large estate? Second, will he realise that it is no good exhorting the local authorities unless they are backed up by a vigorous Department?

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