HC Deb 01 December 1953 vol 521 cc954-5
57. Mr. Remnant

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will consider advising local authorities that in acceptance of overspill population, a proportion of the local authority's own waiting list should be considered at the same time as the overspill population.

Mr. Marples

My right hon. Friend is sure that in planning their house-building programmes local authorities in reception towns will hold a balance between the housing needs of their own people and the needs of the exporting authorities.

Mr. Remnant

Is that merely an opinion, because obviously it is irritating to a degree to those who have been on the waiting list for some years to see a mass of people coming in from outside. and it would do much for the relationship between the new and the old if some such formula as is suggested was laid down?

Mr. Marples

If my hon. Friend has any particular area in mind where he thinks this balance is not being kept, and he will write to my right hon. Friend, we will look at what his objections are.

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