HC Deb 21 May 1957 vol 570 cc1027-8
39. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that many local authorities on new housing estates are still providing shop premises of a design which does not permit efficient retailing services; and if he will call their attention again to the necessity for greater care in the design of shop premises.

Mr. H. Brooke

I am not aware of any such general problem, but if the hon. Member has any particular case in mind I will gladly look into it.

Mr. Beswick

What I had in mind was the fact that many of these shops are without any provision for storage or warehouse space; that refrigeration is quite impossible to fit in, and that new forms of self-service shops are apparently unheard of in many of these council housing estates? These are the kind of points which might be considered with great advantage to the shopping public.

Mr. Brooke

I will certainly consider that, but shops on local authority housing estates are not subsidised, and normally it does not fall to my Ministry to intervene.

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