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Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 9 May 1961

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs when he expects to hold a public inquiry into Manchester's proposal to clear the unfit houses in the City Road area; whether he is aware that this area was designated by the Manchester Corporation as a clearance area in 1958; and whether he will revise the procedure employed by his Department which results in such delays.

There has been no delay in my Department. The Manchester City Council informed me in January, 1960 that it had not decided whether to proceed is this case by clearance order or compulsory purchase order, and asked for an extension of time, which was granted. Five months later the Council asked for a further extension. It was not until 23rd February, 1961 that it submitted to me a compulsory purchase order. It was then advertised according to statute, and some 75 objections were received, and accordingly a public local inquiry is to take place on 20th June.