HC Deb 01 December 1953 vol 521 cc953-4
58. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government why he considered it necessary to agree to the continued working of three limestone quarries in the Peak district against the advice of the local planning authority and the National Parks Commission.

Mr. Marples

I am sending the hon. Member copies of letters explaining my right hon. Friend's decisions on these three quarries.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the explanations so far given have been wholly unsatisfactory? Is it not treating the authority rather improperly to disregard the very strong advice which it gave, in view of the anxiety of the planning board to make this national park a real success?

Mr. Marples

The hon. Gentleman must realise and make the distinction between new industrial development in the national parks and the continuation of the old development there. I would call his attention to the fact that in Elmdon Hill and Sparrowpit the main factors which my right hon. Friend took into consideration was that the local authority supported it and so did the men's union, for the sake of continuing full employment in the district.

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