§ Mr. David Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the areas in Great Britain that will be receiving London overspill between 1st January 1973 and the end of 1979; and what is the estimate of the number of people that each area will receive during that period.
§ Mr. Graham Page
London overspill is accommodated in both new and expanding towns.
Expanding Towns. The Greater London Council aims at finding homes for 20,000 Londoners each year over the period 1973 to 1979 inclusive in the following towns with whose authorities it has agreements. The towns are listed under their economic planning region:
South EastAndover, Ashford, Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bletchley, Braintree, Hastings, Houghton Regis, Letchworth, Sandy and Witham.
East AngliaBury St. Edmunds, Haverhill, Huntingdon, King's Lynn, Melford, Mildenhall, St. Neots, Sudbury and Thetford.
South WestBodmin, Plymouth and Swindon.
East MidlandsGrantham and Wellingborough.
Yorkshire and HumbersideGainsborough.
It is not possible to forecast how many Londoners will move to each town because their ability to move largely depends on jobs being available.
New Towns. It is not possible to say how many Londoners will move to each town but it is the intention that the towns will make the greatest possible contribution to the relief of London's housing needs. The estimated increase in the population of each town housing London overspill over the period 1973 to 1979 inclusive is as follows: 446W
South East Basildon … 16,000 Bracknell … 12,000 Harlow … 5,000 Milton Keynes … 69,000 Stevenage … 4,000 Crawley … 8,000 Hemel Hempstead … 4,000 Hatfield … 1,000 Welwyn Garden City … 2,000 East Anglia Peterborough … 47,000 East Midlands Corby … 8,000 Northampton … 55,000