HC Deb 26 June 1969 vol 785 cc1690-1
16. Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what further action the Government plan to take following their reply to the first report of the South East Economic Planning Council, "A Strategy for the South-East".

Mr. Urwin

As I said in reply to the Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Faversham (Mr. Boston) on 8th May, the council's long-term strategy proposals for the region are being tested and followed up by the South-East Joint Planning Study.—[Vol. 783, c. 639–40.]

Mr. Ridsdale

Is the Minister aware that his Order and counter-Order on the town of Ipswich have brought complete disorder to planning in North-East Essex, and will he state as soon as possible the consequences on planning of the Order not to go ahead with the new town of Ipswich?

Mr. Urwin

The decision announced the other day by my right hon. Friend does not mean that growth in Ipswich will not continue. The new town proposal will not be proceeded with, but Ipswich has a strong potential for growth and there is no reason why growth should not take place there.