Oral Answers to Questions — London Regional Planning (Standing Conference).

– in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the Minister of Health when the Standing Conference on London Regional Planning was established; whether he can say how many meetings have been held since September, 1939; what was the date of the last meeting; and upon whom is the responsibility for summoning meetings?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The Standing Conference on London Regional Planning was established in 1937, and, by its terms of reference, it is limited to dealing with planning matters relating to Greater London which may from time to time be referred to it. The Conference first met on 13th October, 1937, and its last meeting was held on 3rd March, 1939. I understand that no further meetings have been held because no matters have been referred to it since the outbreak of war. Meetings are summoned by the Chairman through the Honorary Secretary who is the Clerk of the London County Council.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Do I understand, having regard to the very much greater importance of planning in the regions concerned, that this Conference has not been summoned at all?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The fact is that matters may be referred to the Conference from any source.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

But surely there are matters which should be referred to this Conference?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That, of course, is a general question which has a wider application than to my Department.

Photo of Mr Andrew MacLaren Mr Andrew MacLaren , Stoke-on-Trent Burslem

Is it not true that the work of this Conference his been entirely abolished owing to the high value of land?