Housing, Hornchurch

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1951.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

I really wonder then why he asks the question. If he is not satisfied with that, he will find the explanation in the local paper which I am sure he reads assiduously. It says there that the Urban District Council of Homchurch, in exercise of the powers conferred upon it, is making a compulsory order of land for the erection of houses. Therefore, the intention of the council is quite clearly to erect houses on the land on which they have made a compulsory purchase order. The hon. and learned Gentleman must not expect me to say much more about that point because it is at the momentsub judice. Objections have been made to the order. They must be dealt with under the usual procedure which we have in this country, and I must say nothing to prejudice that issue. All I can say is that the intention of the council is expressed in the compulsory purchase order, and that that is to erect houses.

The hon. and learned Gentleman also mentioned the question of sewage. The whole of the order is linked with the sewage scheme. I understand—but I do not know for certain—that there is a comprehensive scheme which will come along in due course to the Minister, but it has not arrived yet. The hon. and learned Gentleman asked me what was the waiting list at Hornchurch. When the houses now under contract are finished the council will have a waiting list of 1,600. He also asked me to state the amount of extra money which would be paid under the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act for the increase in interest. Well,¾per cent., which is the rise in the rate, amounts to 10s. 2½d. per annum for each £100 borrowed, so for every £100 borrowed there is an extra 10s. 2½d.