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Premises, Wokingham

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 7 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is satisfied that there are good grounds for the proposal of the Southern Electricity Board to use compulsory powers to acquire premises at 19 and 19A, Peach Street, Wokingham, where the wife of the owner of the property carries on a gown business; if he has considered the local indignation aroused by this proposal and the resolution passed by the Borough Council of Wokingham; and if he will cause a public inquiry to be held before approving the order for compulsory purchase.

The Southern Electricity Board have asked my right hon. Friend to confirm a compulsory purchase order made in respect of these premises. Objections have been lodged by the owner and by certain local bodies. He is awaiting the observations of the Electricity Board on these objections and will then be in a position to decide whether a public inquiry should be held.