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Oral Answers to Questions — Post-War Planning – in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning how far advanced are the plans and. proposals for the postwar revision of the layout of London; and when will Members of Parliament be permitted to see these?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich

I assume that my hon. Friend refers to the area of the Corporation of the City of London and the London County Council. My noble Friend understands that these authorities have provisional plans of redevelopment in an advanced stage of preparation, but he cannot say when they will be completed. The question when and by whom such provisional plans may be inspected is for the authorities themselves to determine.

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Seeing that millions of people will be affected, as well as a great number of public and private corporations, could not an effort be made to let the preliminary suggestions be known as soon as possible so as not to have delay?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich

I think my hon. Friend is under some misapprehension regarding the stage at present reached. There is no question at present of a statutory scheme, regarding which the Town and Country Planning Act and Regulations make provision for inspection. The City Corporation and the London County Council are at present under no obligation to publish their provisional plans, and they may have well-founded objections to doing so.