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Transferable Licences

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that, since the increase in the quota of private building licences, many local authorities in Greater London with land available and who previously accepted transferred building licences from persons in built up areas under the terms of Circular 73/51, are now refusing to do so and that this causes hardship to persons on the housing lists of authorities who have no land for such development; and if he will issue a further circular to encourage the use of the transferable licence in order to achieve the maximum housing development.

The answer to the first part of the Question is I am aware of some such cases. I issued a circular in which advice was given on this matter in November. I am not persuaded the issue of a further circular at the present time is wise. But I am watching the position closely.