Oral Answers to Questions — Post-War Planning (Uthwatt Committee's Recommendations).

– in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Mr. White:

asked the Minister without Portfolio when it is proposed to introduce legislation to give effect to the recommendations of the Uthwatt Committee?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

The proposed legislation, which involves certain complexities in its relation to existing planning legislation, will be introduced as soon as circumstances permit.

Mr. White:

May I ask whether there is now agreement between the various Departments?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

I would not say that there have been difficulties as between the Departments. There were in fact, two difficulties which had to be met, one arising from the substitution of new legislation for the old legislation and the other arising from the relations between public finance and the work of the War Damage Commission.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Has not the same answer been given month after month, and, in view of the great public interest in the matter, cannot my right hon. Friend promise to bring forward legislation at an early date and stop all this waste of time between Departments?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

I feel that we rather under-estimated the difficulties which have arisen out of the activities of the War Damage Commission, but I do say that I hope the Bill will be introduced before long.

Photo of Mr Ronw Hughes Mr Ronw Hughes , Carmarthen

Will the proposed legislation endeavour to carry out all the recommendations of the Uthwatt Committee?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

I think my hon. Friend must await the Bill.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

May I ask on what date the report was made available to hon. Members?

Photo of Mr Arthur Greenwood Mr Arthur Greenwood , Wakefield

I could not say without notice, but I believe it was in July.