HC Deb 14 July 1970 vol 803 c1338
4. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what action he proposes to take to speed up the clearance of derelict areas.

Mr. Graham Page

My right hon. Friend will consider what steps will be most effective.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Does the hon. Gentleman think that it is a good start apparently to withdraw the White Paper which his predecessor put out on the whole subject of pollution? What is being done to re-emphasise the assurance that within 10 years the major part of dereliction will be cleared?

Mr. Page

I ask the hon. Gentleman to await the outcome of the Government's review of public expenditure as a whole. My right hon. Friend is eager that steps should continue to be taken to deal with derelict areas.

Mr. Crosland

Will the hon. Gentleman at least give the House an assurance that the very much enlarged programme of expenditure for the next three years which I announced in April will be maintained in the face of any pressures from the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Mr. Page

No, Sir. I cannot give that undertaking at present.

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