HC Deb 18 November 1952 vol 507 c1572
35. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the lack of public halls in the Tradeston Division of Glasgow, he will now give permission for the restoration of Kingston Public Hall.

Mr. J. Stuart

While I fully recognise the claims of this area for a public hall, I regret that, in view of the necessary limitations of capital investment, I cannot at present authorise this project, which is estimated to cost £45,000. I shall, however, reconsider the case as soon as circumstances permit.

Mr. Rankin

Is the Secretary of State not aware that, quite recently, he has granted planning permission for the erection of a cinema in that part of my division, and how can he reconcile the erection of a cinema in a part of my division where there is no need for any further cinema with his refusal to grant permission for a hall where no hall exists?

Mr. Stuart

Planning permission only has been granted up to date in the case to which the hon. Gentleman refers. I will certainly consider such cases as this as soon as I can.