HC Deb 22 June 1950 vol 476 cc157-8W
146. Mr. Braine

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning the estimated number of workers who will be employed in the factories at present licensed by the Ministry of Works for erection in each of the new towns; and the anticipated number of such workers when each new town is completed.

Mr. Lindgren

The following is the answer:

New Town Original factory population Workers in factories since licensed by Ministry of Works Estimated ultimate factory population
Stevenage 1,650 15,000
Crawley 1,550 350 13,000
Hempstead 7,000 160 14,000
Harlow 425 20* 15,000
Aycliffe 2,800† 4,700†
Peterlee 60§ 9,000§
Welwyn/Hatfield 16,500 130 19,750
Basildon 470 13,000
Bracknell 300 6,500
Cwmbran 6,700 7,400‡
Corby 6,000 12,400‡
* Building licences will shortly toe issued for the construction at Harlow of factories to employ over 1,000 workers. †In the existing trading estate at Aycliffe. §The predominantly male employing industry at Peterlee is coal mining. It is not possible at the present time to estimate precisely how many workers will ultimately be employed in the factories to be established in the new town. The figure given in the third column is the number of industrial employees who will live in the town. ‡The development Corporations for Cwmbran and Corby have, only recently been set up. The figures given should be regarded as provisional.

147. Mr. Braine

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning when the master plan for the Basildon new town will be made public.

Mr. Lindgren

The Development Corporation intend to display the master plan at a public local exhibition in the autumn before finally deciding on the form in which to submit it for approval.

148. Mr. Braine

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning what information has been reported to him as a result of the inquiries made by the Greater London boroughs, in accordance with his request, as to how many industrialists in their areas would be prepared to move to new towns; and how many would not.

Mr. Lindgren

My right hon. Friend is not aware of any such request; but if the hon. Member will tell him what he has in mind, he will look into it.