HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 c55W
119. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning if he will ensure that the sites of such bombed churches in the city of London as are not to be rebuilt are retained for ever as open spaces for the refreshment of City workers and a memorial to those who died in the bombing of London.

Mr. Silkin

I shall certainly ensure that the City of London Plan, before it is accepted as a basis for redevelopment, makes adequate provision for open spaces for the pleasure and recreation of City workers. It does not necessarily follow, however, that the sites of churches which are not to be rebuilt will be the most suitable for this purpose. The provision of open spaces as a memorial to the victims of bombing may commend itself to those responsible for acquiring and laying out the grounds, but that is not a matter with which I am directly concerned.