HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 cc41-2W
70. Colonel Beamish

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what progress has been made with his examination of the present arrangements for the making-up of private streets, with particular reference to the heavy financial burdens involved for frontagers; and when he expects to conclude this work.

Mr. H. Brooke

Before effective progress can be made with examination of the present arrangements a great deal of further information is needed from local authorities about them. It is clear to me that the extent of the problem and the practice of local authorities vary greatly from place to place. As my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary explained in replying on 30th June to Questions by my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, Central (Sir F Medlicott) and the hon. Member for Leek (Mr. Harold Davies), I have been in consultation with the local authority associations about the information to be collected. These consultations are now completed, so that a start can shortly be made on collecting it.

As my hon. and gallant Friend is probably aware, this is a most complicated and difficult subject, and it will be a considerable time before I am in a position to announce any conclusions.