HC Deb 12 June 1956 vol 554 cc241-2
56. Mr. Moss

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what local authorities in Warwickshire have made a contribution to the Birmingham overspill problem by agreeing to municipal houses being built in their areas by the Birmingham Corporation.

Mr. Sandys

The Meriden Rural District Council has agreed to the Birmingham Corporation building in its area. In addition, the Corporation is considering proposals made by the Tamworth and Atherstone Rural District Councils.

Mr. Moss

Can the right hon. Gentleman explain why only one local authority has actually done this? What difficulties have existed to prevent the others from doing it also?

Mr. Sandys

That would involve a very long answer. I have had many discussions with Birmingham and the county councils of the surrounding counties about this problem. There are many difficulties, but I am hopeful that they will be overcome. I am certainly doing everything in my power, not only in regard to Birmingham but in regard to the other big cities with overspill problems, to try to bring about agreement between the exporting cities and the receiving authorities.