Development in Rural Areas

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1964.

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Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove 12:00 am, 7th February 1964

It will obviously have to depend upon the road conditions, but I think that people would rather go slightly slower and be able to take their goods and chattels with them than not be able to take little Willie to the circus because they cannot put his pram on the bus. We must be flexible about this.

It is quite clear that we must find land for more houses, and I support the idea of new or expanded towns. But we must put an end to this straggling, piecemeal destruction of our beautiful villages.

When, as I hope, we will have developed areas and unspoiled villages, it is obvious that it will be of paramount importance to have a really adequate rural transport system.