§ Mr. Randall
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government, in view of the shortages of rented accommodation and the number of houses due for slum clearance in the county borough of Gateshead, if he will exclude this authority from any[...]ion in house-building targets.
My right hon. Friend has emphasised that the position of the priority housebuilding authorities (of which Gateshead is one) will be safeguarded. As part of the normal review of forward programmes, he proposes to settle by discussion with the main house-building authorities what it would be practicable for them to build over the next two to three years in the light of the priority to be given to slum clearance, to meeting shortages of rented accommodation in the conurbations, and especially to the priority areas.