HC Deb 18 October 1966 vol 734 cc28-9
29. Sir E. Bullus

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government when he expects to be able to announce his decision in regard to the compulsory purchase inquiry into the London Borough of Brent Council's application for houses in the Chalkhill-Barnhill area of that borough.

Mr. MacColl

My right hon. Friend has not yet received the Inspector's report following the recent public local inquiry. He is aware of the interest aroused by this case and will give a decision at the earliest possible time.

Sir E. Bullus

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, shortly after the conclusion of this inquiry, a second phase of compulsory purchase orders was announced by the council? Does he not think that this is an iniquitious form of acquisition which should be discouraged?

Mr. MacColl

My right hon. Friend is charged to exercise a fair decision on this case and it would be wrong for him to become involved in it until he sees all the reports.

Mr. Pavitt

Would my hon. Friend bear in mind, in reaching this decision, that in one part of the borough more than 6,000 people are still on the housing list and more than 60 families split up, with children in one hostel and parents in another? Will this be taken into consideration?

Mr. MacColl

My right hon. Friend will take it into consideration if it is part of the evidence of the case, but he cannot take into account anything which was not deployed at the inquiry.