HC Deb 25 January 1955 vol 536 cc112-3

Considered in Committee, and reported, without Amendment.

Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

7.50 p.m.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. W. F. Deedes)

As we found on Second Reading, there is no disagreement in principle on this Bill. In detail, we have already had a number of constructive points put by hon. Members from both sides of the House. I should like to acknowledge that, and also the co-operation which we have had in getting this Bill—which involves a large sum of money—through so expeditiously.

I should stress that the provision of this large sum, which is to meet requirements for at least two years, will not necessarily have the effect of precluding any further discussion until 1957. We found during the Second Reading debate that these new towns have now reached an interesting stage of maturity. It is natural and profitable for the House to ask from time to time for the opportunity to discuss matters arising from their rapid development. As I said at the time, problems have arisen and have been met. New problems are arising and undoubtedly will arise in the next stages in the development of these new towns. I can only say that so long as my right hon. Friend is responsible for this field of development, he will welcome constructive criticism on these problems such as we heard during the Second Reading debate.

7.52 p.m.

Mr. G. Lindgren (Wellingborough)

Hon. Members on this side of the House made most of the points which could usefully be made during the Second Reading debate, and we do not wish to repeat them. We are only too pleased to facilitate the Third Reading of this Measure. Anything that we can do to further the development of the new towns we shall do wholeheartedly.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.