HC Deb 07 April 1964 vol 692 cc796-7
Q3. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Prime Minister what reply he has sent to the letter sent to him by the hon. Member for Tynemouth forwarding to him correspondence from the Town Clerk of Newcastle-on-Tyne on the subject of the North-East Regional Plan.

The Prime Minister

The local authorities in the North-East are naturally looking for further ways in which the Government's plan might benefit the Region and the Government are always ready to examine any suggestions put forward. I am convinced that our plan for the development of the Region is soundly based and will achieve results.

Dame Irene Ward

Would my right hon. Friend be pleased to hear that at the last quarterly meeting of the North-East Development Council the Report put forward was most encouraging, stimulating and helpful and—

Mr. W. Hamilton

Does he agree?

Dame Irene Ward

—in view of the satisfactory progress which has been made out of the Hailsham or Hogg plan, would my right hon. Friend take the opportunity of hitting the political croakers on the other side of the House?

Mr. Speaker

Order. I do not accept that there is Ministerial responsibility for doing anything violent.