Royal Ordnance Factory, Swynnerton (Site)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th April 1964.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00 am, 15th April 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he will announce the result of his consultations with the local planning authority about the disposal of the site of the Royal Ordnance Factory, Swynnerton.

Photo of Sir Peter Kirk Sir Peter Kirk , Gravesend

I have asked the county council for an early answer and I will announce the result of our consultations as soon as I am able to do so.

I understand that the county council's planning sub-committee has discussed the future of the former Royal Ordnance factory site with the Stone Rural District Council on 6th April, and that it now awaits the formal views of the rural district council.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

May I ask the hon.. Gentleman whether he is aware that all those acquainted with the problem remain disgusted with the long delay—it is now nearly seven years since the factory was closed—in dealing with it? Is the hon.. Gentleman also aware that hope springs eternal in Staffordshire, especially as a result of the great Labour victory there last week? As he now has a better planning authority with which to deal, we hope that he will be able to make a statement at an early date.

Photo of Sir Peter Kirk Sir Peter Kirk , Gravesend

Hope springs eternal in the Ministry of Defence as well, and I think that we are making some progress.