HC Deb 22 November 1955 vol 546 c100W
82. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he will take, and what new safeguards he will impose, as the programme of slum-clearance increases in scope, to prevent the wholesale destruction of houses which might be reconditioned by expenditure less than the cost of erecting new houses.

Mr. Sandys

Orders for the clearance or compulsory purchase of areas of unfit houses require my confirmation, which is given only where I am satisfied that demolition is the best course. I think this provides an adequate safeguard.