HC Deb 28 October 1952 vol 505 c1714
6. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will give consideration to the early rebuilding of Portsmouth Guildhall which was destroyed by enemy action and issue the necessary licence.

Mr. H. Macmillan

I fear that there are other projects which would probably be regarded as more urgent. In any case, I have not received any application in this matter from the Council.

Brigadier Clarke

Does the Minister appreciate that whereas Portsmouth is wholeheartedly behind him in his efforts to rebuild the city and appreciates all that he has done, which was more than was ever done by the party opposite, we would like some priority in rebuilding the Guildhall?

Mr. Macmillan

I will do what I can, but in this matter, naturally, I shall be guided by the local authorities.

Mr. Awbery

Will the Minister inform the House when we can expect a statement from him on the general question of the blitzed cities?

Mr. Macmillan

There is another Question on the Order Paper.