§ Mr. Swingler
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will take steps to speed up the confirmation of compulsory purchase orders for slum clearance.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
The average time from submission to confirmation of the compulsory purchase orders for slum clearance which I have confirmed during the last three calendar months was a little under six months. While I am anxious 81W to keep the period as short as possible, I do not think it will be possible to lower this average greatly. Some orders are bound to take much longer than others: for example, my decision is often deliberately deferred to give time for the local authority and the owners to discuss such matters as the substitution of a clearance order, or the making good of some of the houses.