HC Deb 25 January 1955 vol 536 c20
33. Mr. Brooman-White

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the provisional order for the transfer of building land at Fernhill from the County of Lanarkshire to the Royal Burgh of Rutherglen came into operation on 16th May, 1954, but that this land has not yet been acquired and, as a result, the building programme for the burgh has been seriously delayed; what is the reason for the delay in acquisition; and if he will take steps to hasten action.

Mr. J. Stuart

This is a matter for the town council, and it would not be proper for me to intervene. I understand, however, that negotiations are going on between the town council, the owner of the land, and the county council. I have no reason to suppose that the town council will permit unnecessary delay to take place.

Mr. Brooman-White

Is my right hon. Friend aware that delay has already taken place? Is it not deplorable that in a badly housed area such as this, local wrangling should hold up progress? Will my right hon. Friend look into the matter again and see whether there is any advice or help that he can give so that a more effective line may be taken for meeting the people's needs?

Mr. Stuart

I will certainly assist in any way I can, but I am afraid this is a matter in which it would not be appropriate for me to intervene in case the council should desire to take compulsory powers.