HC Deb 29 November 1948 vol 458 cc154-5W
Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning the amount of salaries, expenses, and overhead charges which have been incurred so far in each of the proposed new towns; and what development has taken place up to date which has been sponsored by the corporations.

Colonel Clarke

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning (1) if he will give details of expenditure on all accounts to date of the Crawley New Town Development Corporation; and particulars of what concrete development there is to show for the expenditure;

(2) if he will give details of the fees and salaries paid, respectively, to the planning consultant and each of the executives and administrative officers of the Crawley New Town Development Corporation; and what are the annual cost of their staffs and the annual administrative expenses.

Mr. Silkin

The expenditure of the corporations and their development work are subject to general budgetary control and it is not my policy to seek to control their day-to-day activities. Information of the kind sought by the hon. and gallant Members will be available in the annual accounts and reports about the operations of the corporations which, under the provisions of the New Towns Act, must be prepared by each corporation and laid before each House of Parliament.

In particular reply to the hon. and gallant Member for East Grinstead (Colonel Clarke), the total amount issued to date to the Crawley Development Corporation to defray expenditure on capital and revenue account is £72,000. I have arranged with the corporations that the creation of higher posts should have my prior approval and the information in respect of such posts in the Crawley Development Corporation is given below:

Chief Executive—Salary range £2,500-£3,000.

Deputy Chief Executive—Salary range £2,250.

Chief Engineer—Salary range £1,750-£2,000.

Chief Architect—Salary range £1,750-£2,000.

Legal and Administrative Officer—Salary range £1,750-£2,000.

Chief Finance Officer—Salary range £1,750-£2,000.

Chief Estates Officer—Salary range £1,750-£2,000.