HC Deb 16 February 1970 vol 796 c3
4. Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the amount of derelict land which will be cleared or restored in Wales during 1970; and how this compares with 1969 and 1968.

The Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. George Thomas)

About 1,000 acres. The comparable figures for 1969 and 1968 are 335 and 329, respectively.

Mr. Hooley

Is not this a somewhat leisurely approach to a serious and difficult problem? Could my right hon. Friend, perhaps, use his influence to accelerate the effort of those who are responsible on the ground for carrying it out?

Mr. Thomas

When England is able to move at the same pace as Wales, it will be time enough for observations of that kind from my hon. Friend. The figures I gave are superlative and splendid, and we are very proud of them.