Land

Oral Answers to Questions — Land and Natural Resources – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 1965.

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Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames 12:00 am, 8th March 1965

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources whether, in order to allay anxiety and to maintain the supply of land for house-building, he will give an assurance that it is not his intention to frustrate by legislation contracts already entered into for the sale of land for development.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

It is certainly not my intention to frustrate contracts already entered into, and I can assure the right hon. Gentleman that am well aware of the desirability of avoiding the sort of situation he contemplates.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Would the right hon. Gentleman convey the terms of that satisfactory reply to his right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade and suggest that he applies them to the Control of Office and Industrial Development Bill?

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that he is being asked in this Question to allay anxiety? Will he allay the anxiety of those who want to purchase land at reasonable prices and put their interests before the anxieties of the land speculators?

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Certainly I can allay those anxieties.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources what progress he has made with his review of land use; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources if he will make a statement on his review of land use.

Photo of Mr Terence Boston Mr Terence Boston , Faversham

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources what progress he is making with his review of land use and his plans for a Crown Land Commission; and when he expects to introduce the necessary legislation.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

I will introduce legislation to establish a land commission as soon as possible. So far as my review of land use is concerned, I will be making a statement very shortly.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Can the right hon. Gentleman give us any indication of what "shortly" means? Does he mean next week?

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

I should hope in the next week or so.

Photo of Mr Terence Boston Mr Terence Boston , Faversham

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the widespread satisfaction that at last we have a Government who are determined to take effective action in this matter? Will he not also agree that it is largely as a result of the previous Conservative Administration's failure to take any steps about land prices that they have got into such a bad state of affairs?

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Certainly. We found that we were faced with 13 years of neglect.

Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the legislation which he has mentioned will have precedence over the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Bill?

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Did my right hon. Friend read the speech of the Leader of the Opposition at the weekend, to the effect that he has now come round to the view that profits from land speculation ought to be taxed?

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

That speech did not escape my attention.