Barlow, Scott, and Uthwatt Reports
Oral Answers to Questions — Town and Country Planning

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Sir Geoffrey Mander (Wolverhampton East)

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether he can now state the decisions of the Government with regard to the Barlow, Scott, and Uthwatt Reports; and when any legislation or White Papers may be expected on any of the questions involved.

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Mr William Morrison (Cirencester and Tewkesbury)

I have nothing at present to add to the Answer which I gave to the hon. Member on 30th March, 1944.

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Sir Geoffrey Mander (Wolverhampton East)

When does my right hon. Friend think he will be in a position to give a decision on this matter? Is it true that all efforts to secure agreement on Uthwatt have failed?

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Mr William Morrison (Cirencester and Tewkesbury)

It is not true that all efforts to secure agreement on this matter have failed. My hon. Friend's Question deals with three Reports. I stated the Government's views on the Scott Report on 30th November last.

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Mr Emanuel Shinwell (Seaham)

Is it not true to say that the Government have not the slightest intention of implementing the recommendations of the Uthwatt Report; and would it not be only fair to the country to say so?

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Sir Geoffrey Mander (Wolverhampton East)

When is the legislation promised a year or two ago to enable local authorities to purchase bombed sites likely to be introduced?

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Mr William Morrison (Cirencester and Tewkesbury)

I hope that that Bill will be before the House very shortly.