HC Deb 02 June 1964 vol 695 cc909-10
32. Sir R. Russell

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs when he expects to reach a decision on the size of the old people's home to be built near The Vicarage, Tokyngton, Wembley.

Mr. Corfield

I assume my hon. Friend is referring to an appeal to my right hon. Friend by the owners of this site against a certificate from Middlesex County Council which would determine the price to be paid for it. The appeal is being conducted by written representations, the exchanges of which have taken some time. My right hon. Friend hopes to be able to give his decision very soon after one of his inspectors has visited the site on 4th June.

Sir R. Russell

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask if he is aware that negotiations for this home have been going on now for about three years? Will he do everything possible to speed up the building, which is badly needed?

Mr. Corfield

I appreciate that, but I have checked the dates when various representations were sent in and the fault of delay does not rest with my right hon. Friend's Department, but, in part at least, with one of the local authorities concerned.