HC Deb 26 March 1957 vol 567 cc955-6
26. Mr. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which local authorities have declared their willingness to consider accommodating overspill population from Glasgow; and what numbers have been mentioned in each case.

Mr. J. N. Browne

Authorities which have indicated an interest in catering for Glasgow overspill include the Town Councils of Kilmarnock, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie, and the County Council of Dunbarton. The authorities have, of course, not committed themselves as to numbers or detailed proposals, pending the legislative decisions of Parliament and discussions with Glasgow Corporation which the corporation has already initiated.

Mr. Ross

Indicating "an interest" does not mean that in any way they are committed to carrying out any such arrangements as envisaged under the overspill agreement. Has any authority in Scotland shown more than interest and given a definite promise that it will carry out such an agreement?

Mr. Browne

I think I have indicated in my reply exactly what the position is.

Mr. Rankin

Is the decision of these authorities to consider accommodating overspill from Glasgow linked with the provision of industry in the receiving areas?

Mr. Browne

That is all covered in the Bill now before the Committee.