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The current estimate of requirements as communicated by the Board to my Department is that 850 houses will be required during the four years from 1957 to 1960. The Board has also indicated that, subject to later review, a further 1,500 to 2,000 houses will be required in the five years from 1961 to 1965.
In view of the accelerated demand for housing by the National Coal Board, does not the hon. Gentleman think it incumbent upon the Department to undertake urgent talks with the President of the Board of Trade with a view to the introduction of new light industries into the town? If it is not planned now, the stage will be reached when miners will simply not come in because there is no employment for their wives and families.