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Housing, London

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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asked the Lord President of the Council how many housing units have been lost in London to make way for the Festival of Britain.

The Festival of Britain has not involved any direct or calculable loss of housing units in London or elsewhere. At Lansbury, where the Festival of Britain is holding its Exhibition of Architecture, 444 new housing units will have been built by September, 1951.

Will my right hon. Friend say whether, in view of the hostility shown by the Opposition to the Festival of Britain, he can still count upon their co-operation to make it a success?

The purpose of Questions is not to express a particular point of view, which is what the hon. Member is doing, I think.

While there is no hostility whatsoever—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—is the Lord President aware of the very great resentment felt in the country that dollars which could provide timber for 300 houses are being allocated for the purpose of buying amusement machinery?

I do not know how that question arises; it has nothing to do with the Question on the Order Paper.

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the Opposition are for or against the Festival?