HC Deb 25 June 1956 vol 555 cc9-10
12. Mr. Speir

asked the Minister of Supply where it is proposed to site the new houses to be occupied by the permanent staff to be employed at the new Spadeadam experimental rocket station.

Mr. Maudling

No decision has yet been reached on a site for these houses.

Mr. Speir

Will my right hon. Friend ensure that very careful consideration is given to this subject, which is of great local importance, and will he in particular ensure consideration of Haltwhistle, where there are ample sites and services?

Mr. Maudling

Yes, certainly. I am aware of what my hon. Friend says. Haltwhistle is one of the possibilities. I recognise that there are considerable advantages in this possibility, although there are other possibilities as well.

Mr. Whitelaw

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is considerable good will locally for this project, because there are hopes that it will bring to the area not only houses but also electricity and improved water supplies? Will he do his best to ensure that those hopes are not disappointed in the final event?

Mr. Maudling

I am delighted when anyone welcomes the incursion of the Ministry of Supply.