asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities have suspended work on slum clearance and overcrowding schemes to concentrate on Civil Defence needs?
§ Mr. Elliot
As my hon. Friend is aware my right hon. Friend, the Lord Privy Seal, issued on 18th April last a circular to local authorities requesting them to give priority to Civil Defence matters over other business for the ensuing three months. Seven cases have come to my notice in which local authorities have decided to suspend housing operations for the time being as a result of this request.