HC Deb 28 November 1973 vol 865 cc147-8W
43. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to require all substantial shop and commercial developments in London and other cities to provide a fixed proportion of the total floor space for residential accommodation for employees.

Mr. Graham Page

As my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State announced last week, public service bodies have been invited to consider urgently with the Housing Corporation ways in which land they own in London could be used to help their employees and increase the overall housing stock. A rigid requirement on the lines suggested in the Question would not be appropriate, though authorities often successfully negotiate with developers the provision of housing accommodation.