HC Deb 01 February 1971 vol 810 c1246
34. Mr. Alec Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many local authorities in Wales have made representations to him that the new loan sanction system will restrict their proposals for the clearance of derelict land; and what replies he has sent.

Mr. Peter Thomas

Eleven local authorities have made representations. I refer the hon. Member to what I and my hon. Friend said in the Welsh Grand Committee on 20th January, 1971.

Mr. Jones

Since the Secretary of State for the Evironment has, I understand, substantially increased the sums available for loan sanction in the County of Durham for the clearance of derelict land, is the Secretary of State for Wales not able to announce similar substantial increases for loan sanction for clearance of derelict land in the counties of Wales?

Mr. Peter Thomas

I have nothing to add to what I told the Welsh Grand Committee. The hon. Gentleman will recall that I said that I am arranging that the Welsh Office will now discuss with the authorities concerned what additional help may be necessary.