Improvement Grants

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1962.

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Photo of Dr Charles Hill Dr Charles Hill , Luton 12:00 am, 12th July 1962

I believe that co-operation is preferable to compulsion and that a fresh effort on this basis can increase the number of improvements. I shall, within the next few weeks, be asking local authorities to make a new drive to secure the carrying out of improvement schemes for whole groups or areas of houses in agreement with the owners. Though I would hope that most owners would be willing to co-operate, some compulsory acquisition may be necessary to prevent the frustration of schemes by an unwilling minority.