HC Deb 19 June 1972 vol 839 c13
17. Mr. Nicholas Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement about the clearance of derelict buildings on land previously occupied by the Ministry of Defence in Pembrokeshire.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I am aware of the problems in Pembrokeshire and have authorised the Derelict Land Unit to discuss with the County Council the preparation of a programme of clearance. When this has been drawn up and costed, priorities can be specified and I expect the County to submit the most urgent schemes to the Welsh Office for consideration.

Mr. Edwards

Is my hon. Friend aware that many people will be pleased that at last the obligations for so long neglected by Governments of both parties are being met?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

It has always been understood that the wartime dereliction of Pembrokeshire required treatment, but that the very much worse problems of industrial dereliction in the Principality also required treatment. The time has come for Pembrokeshire sites to be looked at favourably, and I am glad that it has.