HC Deb 01 May 1952 vol 499 cc1630-1
7. Mr. Norman Dodds

asked the President of the Board of Trade if a decision has yet been reached in respect to the proposal to erect a £2,500,000 hotel in London.

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Peter Thorneycroft)

No, Sir.

Mr. Dodds

Will the right hon. Gentleman explain why it has taken him such a long time to make this decision, and why it seems that sympathetic consideration is given to American visitors while British people who live in London do not get the same consideration?

Mr. Thorneycroft

One of the principal reasons why careful consideration is being given to this project is that we have to take into account the foreign currency earnings which might accrue and the impact it might have upon the housing programme. I think we are wise to consider it carefully.