Oral Answers to Questions — Proposed Prison, Merstham (Decision)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th June 1952.

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Photo of Mr Charles Doughty Mr Charles Doughty , East Surrey 12:00 am, 17th June 1952

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether the objections to the proposal by the Prison Commission to build a prison at Merstham have now been considered; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

The objections have been considered, and it has been decided not to build the prison on this site because of the harmful effect this would have on the Green Belt.

Photo of Mr Charles Doughty Mr Charles Doughty , East Surrey

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the very great satisfaction that that answer will give to those in this country interested in the preservation of the Green Belt, particularly this part, which is situated at the top of the North Downs?