HC Deb 13 April 1967 vol 744 cc1349-50
13. Mr. Alec Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made with the clearance of derelict lands in the Borough of Rhondda.

Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

Since the Local Employment Act, 1960, Rhondda Borough Council has been authorised to carry out two schemes for the clearance of about seven acres of derelict land. I am now considering applications by the Council under the Industrial Development Act, 1966, for an additional four schemes covering 61 acres.

Mr. Jones

Can my right hon. Friend indicate the amount and details of the assistance given to local authorities to undertake such reclamation schemes?

Mr. Hughes

Yes, Sir. The Derelict Land Unit of the Welsh Office has discussed the council's problems and offered assistance in the preparation of schemes. A circular has recently been issued asking local authorities for their programmes of future work on the clearance of derelict land. I will certainly study carefully what my hon. Friend said on this subject in his excellent maiden speech yesterday.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

When the Secretary of State gets an answer from the local authorities, will he be prepared either to place in the Library or to present to Members of the House a progress report about how this problem of derelict land is being dealt with in the Principality?

Mr. Hughes

We have opportunities to give progress reports at Question Time in this way, because invariably there are Questions from hon. Members about this subject. I will, however, consider the hon. Member's suggestion.