HC Deb 10 November 1970 vol 806 cc98-9W
92. Mr. McElhone

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what policy he intends to adopt in relation to the provision of the 100,000 new houses needed in Inner London by 1974.

97. Mr. John D. Grant

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has now made to the Greater London Council and the London boroughs aimed at relieving the housing pressure on the Inner London areas.

Mr. Amery

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I met the G.L.C. and the London Boroughs Association on 23rd October. We agreed that Outer and Inner London must act together to tackle the capital's housing problems and that joint discussions should begin on how best to achieve this.

Local authority building in London needs to go forward with the utmost vigour and I have therefore written to each of the London Boroughs suggesting meetings at officer level in the first place to discuss what new housing they can undertake next year and what the prospects are for the subsequent three years.

100. Mr. Moyle

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has received the report of Professor Cullingworth on the transfer of housing in London; and what action he proposes to take on it.

Mr. Channon

The Report was published on 5th October and my right hon. Friend has already met the G.L.C. and the L.B.A. about it. My right hon. Friend has invited them to apply for an Order dealing with early transfers agreed between the authorities; they have also agreed to enter into discussions with the Department about the best way of ensuring that outer London helps inner London in dealing with the housing problems of London as a whole.