HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 cc84-5W
118. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning what progress in building houses has taken place at Harlow and Basildon; what is the estimated progress during the next two years; if he is aware of considerable perplexity on the part of Leyton and other borough councils in respect of the allocation of houses for those persons now on their housing lists in view of modifications of an original arrangement; and if he will clarify the present position so that Leyton and other boroughs concerned can know when and how many of those on their housing lists will have offers of accommodation made to them at Harlow and Basildon.

Mr. Lindgren

At Harlow, 102 houses had been completed by 31st October of this year and 469 were under construction. The number to be completed by the end of 1952 is expected to exceed 1,500. At Basildon contracts have been let for the first 250 houses, and it is estimated that 630 will be completed by the end of 1952. No block allocation of houses will be made to persons on the waiting lists of Leyton or the other boroughs concerned, but arrangements are being made for the allocation of houses to persons from those areas who are willing and able to find employment in these new towns.