HC Deb 05 July 1960 vol 626 cc211-2
18. Dr. Dickson Mabon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends to issue regulations defining major redevelopment under the Local Government and Miscellaneous Financial Provisions (Scotland) Act, 1958.

Mr. Maclay

I am sending this week to the local authority associations, as a basis for consultations with them, proposals for the revision of the grant regulations under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Acts in the light of the provisions of the 1958 Act.

Dr. Mabon

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the local authorities are extremely dissatisfied with the consistently long delay in initiating these regulations? To make amends for this rather shameful business, will the right hon. Gentleman now give an assurance that the regulations will be sensible enough to ensure that not every case of central development by local authorities will have to go to him for individual decision?

Mr. Maclay

This has been a complex matter, as the hon. Member knows, and discussions have taken place with the local authorities concerned and the local authority associations. I will certainly see that everything is done to hurry the matter as fast as we can.