HC Deb 21 April 1964 vol 693 cc1080-1
17. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how much land lying within the urban district of Shildon and excluded from the growth zone it is proposed to include in the current plan for extending Newton Aycliffe, which is within the growth zone.

Sir K. Joseph

Approximately 700 acres of the Urban District of Shildon all outside the growth zone is included in the area on which I have invited the comments of the local authorities concerned.

Mr. Boyden

Will the Minister use his influence to ensure that a fair balance is kept between the legitimate aspirations of Newton Aycliffe and Shildon? Does he appreciate that if this acreage is taken it is possible that it will cripple the industrial and social development of Shildon? Will he see that this does not happen?

Sir K. Joseph

These questions are primarily for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development and President of the Board of Trade. My job is to consult the local authorities about the proposal to extend Newton Aycliffe.

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