§ Question again proposed, That "now" stand part of the Question.
§ Sir C. Taylor
Secondly, because of the power station there, which pumps up a lot of hot water, the water in Shoreham Harbour is full of worm, which is damaging to wooden sailing vessels.
§ Sir. W. Teeling
I hope that the hon. and learned Member for Aberdeen, North is now satisfied.
To answer some of the things of which he was critical, one of them waste that this was a dangerous part of the town. Well, it is no more dangerous than any other part. All this area can be very rough in winter. We all know that, and everybody's eyes have been open to that all along.
Another thing he was worried about was the fact that graves were to be removed. It is quite true that there is a Quaker graveyard in the Riflebutt Road area. The corporation has promised to remove it completely and to replace the remains of the people in another cemetery at some reasonable distance. This sort of thing happens all over the country now.
The point was raised by two or three hon. Members, including the hon. Member for Worthing (Mr. Higgins), about profitability and what amount of profit the corporation would get out of it. The answer is, 25 per cent., it has now been decided, of profit will go to the corporation, after, I think, about the first 10 per cent., and that will enable the corporation, it feels, to benefit the rates by something like £200,000 a year, and that, in itself, to my mind, is the equivalent of an investment.
The hon. Member for Accrington (Mr. Arthur Davidson) wanted to know why places like Riflebutt Road were being removed, and he referred to them as though they were attractive and wonderful spots. I can assure the House that Riflebutt Road is anything but an attractive spot, and as for the gasworks at the end of it—well, it depends what one thinks of gasworks.
168 As regards luxuries, the fishermen, as I have said, are all very keen about them. Of course, there will be luxury hotels. There must be. How else can we develop this area, unless we tax the ratepayers an impossible amount?
The hon. Member for Harwich (Mr. Ridsdale) talked about £12 million as the all-in cost. Does he realise, do all hon. Members realise, that it will take at least 10 years before the whole thing is through? For the first four years there will be practically nothing noticeable happening at all; during the next six years, yes; and it will be during all that time that we shall be planning the new roads and trying to develop new approaches to Brighton. We have not only at Brighton but at Shoreham for a long time discussed roads, and the possibility of new roads round Brighton to keep traffic out of Brighton, and this will be added on to the plans and schemes being worked out now by the corporation.
I can assure hon. Gentlemen that Brighton Council is most anxious that this Bill should go through. The council is most willing to co-operate with everybody. I do not think that it is really essential to have such tight provisions and directions as are contained in these Instructions which are on the Order Paper. They have been very well aired tonight; everybody knows what is wanted, including the hon. and learned Member himself. These matters can be considered in Committee if we have the Second Reading tonight. I have little doubt that hon. Members will eventually be completely satisfied, and I will do my level best to help to satisfy them for that matter.
§ Mr. Chapman
Does the hon. Gentleman realise that if the House negatives the Instructions the Committee will be under no obligation to take any notice of them?
§ Sir W. Teeling
There is possibly no need to bring up the Instructions if we just have a Second Reading. Everybody will know about them, and everybody is extremely keen to do what they can to help.
§ Sir W. Teeling
How can I give an assurance when it is not my company? Nor is it the corporation's company. The 169 corporation has made every promise that it can. In many ways it will be responsible for practically everything that is done. It will get 25 per cent, of the profitability when the scheme develops, and that is quite a bit—equivalent to having quite a number of shares.
I think that hon. Members should give the Bill a Second Reading, as has been requested by practically the whole of the Borough of Brighton and by Members of Parliament from surrounding constituencies—Hastings, Eastbourne, Hove, Chichester and East Grinstead. Practically the whole of Sussex wants it. Why should anybody want to stop us? If a big principle is involved, as has been suggested, Bills can be brought in for other areas if they want to do this. In the meantime, the Bill before us can be well thought out during the Committee stage.
§ 9.37 p.m.
§ Mr. Philip Noel-Baker (Derby, South)
I venture for a few moments to explain how and why I shall vote. As the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Sir W. Teeling) is aware, I am a Brighton addict. I have paid visits to Brighton, regular and often, short and long, for many years since my childhood—before the hon. Member was born. I know the coast eastwards to Dover and westwards to Newhaven and have walked the country back as far as Lewes, Chelwood Gate and Forest Row.
I believe that, whether or not I still want to go there, I am now compelled to go there by the fact that Brighton is one of only three seaside resorts that can accommodate the annual conference of the Labour Party. One thing about which I feel quite certain is that if the plan goes through I shall never of my free volition want to go to Brighton again. I am profoundly doubtful whether the theatrical attractions of the Labour Party conferences will take me there again.
1 believe that the same would be true of many of the foreign visitors who go to Brighton now. I have an American friend who had three days in Britain this year. He planned one day in Oxford and one in Brighton. He wanted to see the Georgian front and squares, the Pavilion and all the other treasures of the past. If this monstrous £15 million scheme goes through, with its casino and all the rest, 170 I believe that a precious national heritage will be destroyed.
I venture one word about yachtsmen. My hon. Friend the Member for Lough-borough (Mr. Cronin) spoke with his usual persuasive skill. He wants more facilities for yachtsmen. So do I—more harbours, more places where they can go when the are overtaken by foul weather. I share the view of my hon. Friends who think that it is most unfortunate—I will not say a scandal—that the Minister who is responsible for sport has not been given more money in the Estimates this year to provide just such facilities as these.
I am all for sporting facilities of every kind. I have never sailed in the English Channel. My yachting experience is confined to the Canadian Great Lakes and to the Thames Estuary. The hon. Member for Harwich (Mr. Ridsdale) gave the right answer. This site is not the right place for a yachting refuge. Let there be such a refuge certainly, and let it be at Brighton, but let it be for the main purpose proposed in the Bill. People have spoken about the precedent which the Bill might create. It is true to say that the very company promoting the Bill is inciting other seaside resorts to put up similar schemes. I have been told this, and I believe it to be true.
I end my brief intervention, Mr. Speaker, with thanks to you, by saying that I believe that far too much of our coastline for far too many years has been "peace-havened" into unplanned squalor. If the Bill is passed it will be a giant stride along the road upon which we have already travelled too far. I shall vote against the Bill and I most ardently hope that it will fail.
§ 9.41 p.m.
§ Sir Douglas Glover (Ormskirk)
I do not want to detain the House for long and, if it had not been for the intervention of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Derby, South (Mr. Philip Noel-Baker), I would not have intervened at all. I do not understand the right hon. Gentleman's reaction to this. I am not a Member for Brighton; I come from a long way from Brighton, but if one looks at the growth of the ordinary amenities, and the activities of the population of the country, this sort of activity is an absolute necessity if people are to enjoy themselves in future.
171 I have looked at this plan of the operation, and although I might not particularly like it—I would like to live on an unspoiled piece of coastline—it seems to be something which is inevitable if people are to have the facilities which they desire.
§ Mr. Hector Hughes rose—
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. Interventions prolong speeches and I think that the House is anxious to come to a decision.
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
Does the hon. Gentleman not realise that the picture at which he is looking is pure fiction? It is fantastic imagination, and is not really a plan of the proposed harbour.
§ Sir D. Glover
I am very glad that the hon. and learned Member has intervened, because the other thing that I would like to say is that we in this House are returned to represent our constituents. The one thing that I deplore about this debate is the fact that the hon. and learned Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hector Hughes), the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Chapman), and various other hon. Members who have no personal constituency interests in this matter, have used their own private interests to try to stop this Bill receiving a Second Reading, purely for their own—[HON. MEMBERS: "Nonsense."]
§ hon. Members with taking a point of view in a debate because of their private interests.
§ Sir D. Glover
I willingly accept your rebuke, Mr. Speaker, and I withdraw. I would ask the hon. Members to tell us what other reason they have for taking the attitude that they have—
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. The hon. Member for Ormskirk (Sir D. Glover) is making exactly the same offensive point in an indirect way. He must withdraw.
§ Sir D. Glover
I willingly withdraw completely. I support the activities of the Minister responsible for sport, who has taken a very imaginative attitude to the development of sporting activities in this country. We have to face the fact that we are living in a changing society, and that many things will happen which will not be to the liking of conservative people. More and more people will want to take part in sporting and social activities, and they will inevitably need more land and more space than they have had hitherto. In this proposal, the Brighton Corporation has provided all the safeguards one could reasonably require. I hope that the House will look to the future and give the Bill a Second Reading.
§ Question put, That "now" stand part of the Question:
§ The House divided: Ayes 99, Noes 42.173
|Division No. 290.]||AYES||19.45 p.m.|
|Allason, James (Hemel Hempstead)||Fletcher, Raymond (Ilkeston)||Lestor, Miss Joan|
|Atkins, Humphrey (M't'n & M'd'n)||Ford, Ben||Lewis, Ron (Carlisle)|
|Atkinson, Norman (Tottenham)||Fraser, John (Norwood)||Lloyd, Ian (P'tsm'th, Langstone)|
|Barber, Rt. Hn. Anthony||Giles, Rear-Adm. Morgan||Loughlin, Charles|
|Bennett, Sir Frederic (Torquay)||Glover, Sir Douglas||Loveys, W. H.|
|Bidwell, Sydney||Good hew, Victor||Luard, Evan|
|Bishop, E. S.||Gower, Raymond||MacArthur, Ian|
|Blackburn, F.||Grant, Anthony||McCann, John|
|Blaker, Peter||Hamilton, James (Bothwell)||MacColl, James|
|Booth, Albert||Hay, John||McNamara, J. Kevin|
|Braddock, Mrs. E. M.||Hazell, Bert||Maddan, Martin|
|Brown, R. W. (Shoreditch & F'bury)||Heffer, Eric S.||Manuel, Archie|
|Bullus, Sir Eric||Hill, J. E. B.||Mawby, Ray|
|Carter-Jones, Lewis||Hunt, John||Miller, Dr. M. S.|
|Cronin, John||Hunter, Adam||Mitchell, R. C. (S'th'pton, Test)|
|Cullen, Mrs. Alice||Irvine, Bryant Godman (Rye)||Monro, Hector|
|Dalyell, Tam||Janner, Sir Barnett||Murton, Oscar|
|d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, Sir Henry||Jeger, George (Goole)||Nabarro, Sir Gerald|
|Doig, Peter||Jones, Dan (Burnley)||Oakes, Gordon|
|Doughty, Charles||Jopling, Michael||O'Malley, Brian|
|Edelman, Maurice||Judd, Frank||Onslow, Cranley|
|Elliott, R.W.(N'c'tle-upon-Tyne. N.)||King, Evelyn (Dorset, S.)||Orme, Stanley|
|Errington, Sir Eric||Kirk, Peter||Page, Derek (King's Lynn)|
|Eyre, Reginald||Kitson, Timothy||Page, John (Harrow, W.)|
|Farr, John||Lawson, George||Pannell, Rt. Hn. Charles|
|Fisher, Nigel||Lee, Rt. Hn. Frederick (Newton)||Pardoe, John|
|Peel, John||Taylor, Sir Charles (Eastbourne)||Webster, David|
|Perry. Ernest G. (Battersea, S.)||Taylor, Frank (Moss Side)||Willey, Rt. Hn. Frederick|
|Reynolds, G. W.||Temple, John M.||Wilson, William (Coventry, S.)|
|Roberts, Gwilym (Bedfordshire, S.)||Tinn, James||Winnick, David|
|Sinclair, Sir George||Wall, Patrick||Yates, Victor|
|Smith, John||Ward, Dame Irene|
|Snow, Julian||Watkins, David (Consett)||TELLERS FOR THE AYES:|
|Strauss, Rt. Hn. G. R.||Weatherill, Bernard||Mr. Dennis Hobden and|
|Sir William Teeling.|
|Archer, Peter||Jones, Rt. Hn. Sir Elwyn (W. Ham, S.)||Ridsdale, Julian|
|Atkins, Ronald (Preston, N.)||Kerby, Capt. Henry||Roebuck, Roy|
|Chapman, Donald||Kerr, Russell (Feltham)||Short, Rt. Hn. Edward (N'c'tle-u-Tyne)|
|Coleman, Donald||Lee, Rt. Hn. Jennie (Carmock)||Spriggs, Leslie|
|Craddock, George (Bradford, S.)||Lubbock, Eric||Steel, David (Roxburgh)|
|Davidson, James(Aberdeenshire, W.)||Lyon, Alexander W. (York)||Thomas, George (Cardiff, W.)|
|Davies, Dr. Ernest (Stretford)||Moonman, Eric||Thorpe, Jeremy|
|Driberg, Tom||Morgan, Elystan (Cardiganshire)||Wellbeloved, James|
|Ellis, John||Morris, Alfred (Wythenshawe)||Wells, William (Walsall, N.)|
|Foot, Sir Dingle (Ipswich)||Morris, John (Aberavon)||Wilkins, W. A.|
|Galpern, Sir Myer||Noel-Baker, Rt. Hn. Philip (Derby, S.)||Williams, Alan (Swansea, W.)|
|Hannan, William||Parker, John (Dagenham)||Winterbottom, R. E.|
|Hooley, Frank||Pavitt, Laurence|
|Hooson, Emlyn||Price, Thomas (Westhoughton)||TELLERS FOR THE NOES:|
|Howie, W.||Randall, Harry||Mr. Hector Hughes and|
|Mr. Arthur Davidson.|
§ Bill read a Second time.
Motion made, and Question put,
That it be an Instruction to the Committee to which the Bill may be committed to leave out all provisions for compulsory acquisition of lands and easements until the Corporation
§ of Brighton has produced to the Committee adequate plans for the areas directly or indirectly affected by the proposed township, so as to preserve their natural and architectural amenities.—[Mr. Chapman.]
§ The House divided: Ayes 46, Noes 77.175
|Division No. 291.]||AYES||[9.54 p.m.|
|Albu, Austen||Hooson, Emlyn||Roebuck, Roy|
|Archer, Peter||Howie, W.||Short, Rt. Hn. Edward (N'c'tle-u-Tyne)|
|Booth, Albert||Hoy, James||Spriggs, Leslie|
|Coleman, Donald||Hughes, Hector (Aberdeen, N.)||Steel, David (Roxburgh)|
|Craddock, George (Bradford, S.)||Jones, Rt. Hn. Sir Elwyn (W. Ham, S.)||Thomas, George (Cardiff, W.)|
|Cronin, John||Lee, Rt. Hn. Frederick (Newton)||Thorpe, Rt. Hn. Jeremy|
|Cullen, Mrs. Alice||Lee, Rt. Hn. Jennie (Cannock)||Watkins, David (Consett)|
|Davidson, James(Aberdeenshire, W.)||Lyon, Alexander W. (York)||Wellbeloved, James|
|Davies, Dr. Ernest (Stretford)||McBride, Neil||Wells, William (Walsall, N.)|
|Driberg, Tom||Miller, Dr. M. S.||Wilkins, W. A.|
|Ellis, John||Morgan, Elystan (Cardiganshire)||Williams, Alan (Swansea, W.)|
|Fletcher, Ted (Darlington)||Morrison, John (Aberavon)||Winterbottom, R. E.|
|Foot, Sir Dingle (Ipswich)||Noel-Baker, Rt. Hn. Philip (Derby, S.)|
|Galpern, Sir Myer||Parker, John (Dagenham)||TELLERS FOR THE AYES:|
|Hannan, William||Pavitt, Laurence||Mr. Donald Chapman and|
|Hazell, Bert||Price, Thomas (Westhoughton)||Mr. Arthur Davidson.|
|Hooley, Frank||Randall, Harry|
|Aliason, James (Hemel Hempstead)||Gower, Raymond||MacArthur, Ian|
|Atkins, Humphrey (M't'n & M'd'n)||Grant, Anthony||MacColl, James|
|Atkinson, Norman (Tottenham)||Hamilton, James (Bothwell)||McNamara, J. Kevin|
|Barber, Rt. Hn. Anthony||Hay, John||Maddan, Martin|
|Bennett, Sir Frederic (Torquay)||Heffer, Eric S.||Manuel, Archie|
|Bidwell, Sydney||Higgins, Terence L.||Mawby, Ray|
|Blackburn, F.||Hill, J. E. B.||Mitchell, R. C. (S'th'pton, Test)|
|Blaker, Peter||Hunt, John||Monro, Hector|
|Braddock, Mrs. E. M.||Hunter, Adam||Morris, Alfred (Wythenshawe)|
|Brown, R. W. (Shoreditch & F'bury)||Irvine, Bryant Godman (Rye)||Murton, Oscar|
|Dalyell, Tam||Janner, Sir Barnett||Nabarro, Sir Gerald|
|d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, Sir Henry||Jeger, George (Goole)||Onslow, Cranley|
|Doig, Peter||Jopling, Michael||Orme, Stanley|
|Doughty, Charles||Kerr, Russell (Feltham)||Page, Derek (King's Lynn)|
|Elliott, R.W.(N'c'tle-upon-Tyne,N.)||King, Evelyn (Dorset, S.)||Page, John (Harrow, W.)|
|Eyre, Reginald||Kirk, Peter||Pannell, Rt. Hn. Charles|
|Farr, John||Kitson, Timothy||Pardoe, John|
|Fisher, Nigel||Lawson, George||Peel, John|
|Fraser, John (Norwood)||Lestor, Miss Joan||Perry, Ernest G. (Battersea, S.)|
|Giles, Rear-Adm. Morgan||Lewis, Ron (Carlisle)||Reynolds, G. W.|
|Glover, Sir Douglas||Loughlin, Charles||Roberts, Gwilym (Bedfordshire, S.)|
|Goodhew, Victor||Loveys, W. H.||Sinclair, Sir George|
|Smith, John||Wall, Patrick||Yates, Victor|
|Snow, Julian||Weatherill, Bernard|
|Strauss, Rt. Hn. G. R.||Webster, David||TELLERS FOR THE NOES:|
|Taylor, Sir Charles (Eastbourne)||Wilson, William (Coventry, S.)||Mr. Dennis Hobden and|
|Temple, John M.||Winnick, David||Sir William Teeling.|
§ Motion made, and Question put,
§ That it be an Instruction to the Committee to which the Bill may be committed that before finding the preamble of the Bill proved they satisfy themselves that the Corporation of Brighton has become a shareholder in the company promoting the project, and has176
§ acquired the right (if it believes the public interest so requires) to become majority shareholder at any future date.—[Mr. Arthur Davidson.]
§ The House divided: Ayes 49, Noes 68.175
|Division No. 292.]||AYES||[10.3 p.m.|
|Albu, Austen||Hoy, James||Parker, John (Dagenham)|
|Archer, Peter||Hughes, Hector (Aberdeen, N.)||Pavitt, Laurence|
|Atkinson, Norman (Tottenham)||Jones, Rt. Hn. Sir Elwyn (W.Ham, S.)||Price, Thomas (Westhoughton)|
|Booth, Albert||Judd, Frank||Randall, Harry|
|Coleman, Donald||Kerr, Russell (Feltham)||Reynolds, G. W.|
|Cronin, John||Lee, Rt. Hn. Jennie (Cannock)||Roebuck, Roy|
|Davies, Dr. Ernest (Stretford)||Lestor, Miss Joan||Short, Rt. Hn. Edward (N'c'tle-u-Tyne)|
|Driberg, Tom||Loughlin, Charles||Thomas, George (Cardiff, W.)|
|Ellis, John||Luard, Evan||Watkins, David (Consett)|
|Fletcher, Ted (Darlington)||Lyon, Alexander W. (York)||Wellbeloved, James|
|Foot, Sir Dingle (Ipswich)||McBride, Neil||Wells, William (Walsall, N.)|
|Galpern, Sir Myer||McNamara, J. Kevin||Wilkins, W. A.|
|Gourlay, Harry||Mahon, Peter (Preston, S.)||Williams, Alan (Swansea, W.)|
|Hannan, William||Morgan, Elystan (Cardiganshire)|
|Heffer, Eric S.||Morris, Alfred (Wythenshawe)||TELLERS FOR THE AYES:|
|Hooley, Frank||Morris, John (Aberavon)||Mr. Donald Chapman and|
|Hooson, Emlyn||Noel-Baker, Rt. Hn. Philip (Derby, S.)||Mr. Arthur Davidson.|
|Howle, W.||Orme, Stanley|
|Allason, James (Hemel Hempstead)||Gower, Raymond||Onslow, Cranley|
|Atkins, Humphrey (M't'n & M'd'n)||Grant, Anthony||Page, Derek (King's Lynn)|
|Barber, Rt. Hn. Anthony||Harvey, Sir Arthur Vere||Page, John (Harrow, W.)|
|Bennett, Sir Frederic (Torquay)||Hay, John||Pannell, Rt. Hn. Charles|
|Blackburn, F.||Higgins, Terence L.||Pardoe, John|
|Blaker, Peter||Hill, J. E. B.||Peel, John|
|Braddock, Mrs. E. M.||Hunt, John||Perry, Ernest G. (Battersea, S.)|
|Brown, R. W. (Shoreditch & F'bury)||Hunter, Adam||Roberts, Gwilym (Bedfordshire,, S.)|
|Cullen, Mrs. Alice||Irvine, Bryant Godman (Rye)||Sinclair, Sir George|
|Dalyell, Tam||Janner, Sir Barnett||Smith, John|
|Davidson, James (Aberdeenshire, W.)||Jeger, George (Goole)||Snow, Julian|
|d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, Sir Henry||Jopling, Michael||Steel, David (Roxburgh)|
|Doig, Peter||King, Evelyn (Dorset, S.)||Strauss, Rt. Hn. G. R.|
|Doughty, Charles||Kirk, Peter||Taylor, Sir Charles (Eastbourne)|
|Elliott, R.W.(N'c'tle-upon-Tyne,N.)||Kitson, Timothy||Temple, John M.|
|Errington, Sir Erie||Lawson, George||Thorpe, Jeremy|
|Eyre, Reginald||Loveys, W. H.||Wall, Patrick|
|Farr, John||Mac Arthur, Ian||Weatherill, Bernard|
|Fisher, Nigel||MacColl, James||Webster, David|
|Fraser, John (Norwood)||Maddan, Martin||Wilson, William (Coventry, S.)|
|Giles, Rear-Adm. Morgan||Mawby, Ray||Yates, Victor|
|Glover, Sir Douglas||Mitchell, R. C. (S'th'pton, Test)|
|Goodhew, Victor||Monro, Hector||TELLERS FOR THE NOES:|
|Nabarro, Sir Gerald||Mr. Dennis Hobden and|
|Sir William Teeling.|