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Overspill Populations

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has given consideration to the application to Scotland of a Town Development Act; or what similar assistance he proposes for Scotland.

My right hon. Friend hopes to receive recommendations on this matter from the Clyde Valley Planning Advisory Committee, whose report on the machinery for dealing with overspill he expects very shortly.

Is not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that it is more than a year since I put down a similar Question and got a similar answer, and that already the English Act has been two years in operation and the position in Scotland is really worse?

Yes, but the hon. Lady will understand that there is an Advisory Committee working very hard on this matter. It would be much better to await their report.

Does my right hon. and gallant Friend not agree that in Scotland there are many areas which would greatly benefit by the infusion of new life from the cities by some such arrangement as the New Town Development Act provides for England?