HC Deb 04 March 1958 vol 583 c959
36. Mr. T. Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the limitations of technical resources which make it impracticable to designate a further new town to deal with Glasgow's overspill problem.

Mr. Maclay

These large undertakings require a very high standard of overall planning and administrative direction. The Government consider that to designate another new town when Cumbernauld and overspill operations are just starting would be a wasteful diversion of experience and effort which would not hasten the resettlement of industry and families.

Mr. Fraser

Is not the Secretary of State aware that Glasgow Corporation, for instance, which has a large overspill population, will not be able to build in future anything like the number of houses it has built in the past, and that the people there will have to be spilled over elsewhere? Is he also aware that there will be a surplus of people with high skills in Glasgow who could be used elsewhere? In any case, has not the new town of East Kilbride developed to the point where some of the people engaged in the original planning there can be taken off for work on another new town in Scotland?

Mr. Maclay

No. I really feel that this is a case where the best can be the enemy of the good, and that we must get on with what we have in sight and not risk it by trying to go too far.