Oral Answers to Questions — Town and Country Planning.

– in the House of Commons on 10th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether, in connection with post-war planning, he will compel all bodies or authorities now exempt from control by building laws, Town Planning Acts, etc., to conform, in the future, to the Regulations applying to the remainder of the nation?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich

The Town and Country Planning Acts confer no general exemption on any body or authority, and the provisions of a planning scheme are enforceable notwithstanding exemptions under other enactments. The Crown is exempt from the provisions of these Statutes; but my Noble Friend considers that such exemption is unlikely in practice to lead to difficulty in future.

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Is it not a fact that certain bodies, such as railway companies, are exempt from such Regulations?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich

There are certain provisions in some relevant Statutes which are modified, or give certain exemptions, in the case of railways. The matter is one of considerable complication. If my hon. Friend will confer with me on the particular matter that he has in mind, I shall be glad to look into it further.