New Towns

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1965.

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Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North 12:00 am, 29th June 1965

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if, in planning new towns, he will site them on or near the coast where they are needed to assist and increase Great Britain's export trade with appropriate transport services to them from production centres.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

Many factors are considered in siting new towns; trade and good communication are among the most important.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

Does not my right hon. Friend think that the Government should press on with this when the inland towns are so over-burdened? Would he not agree that it would be a good idea for him to develop seaside towns to provide outlets for people and to encourage our export trade?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

We have thought of one or two. We are now doubling the size of Ipswich, which is not far distant from the sea. Leyland and Chorley can be said not to be far distant also, and Run-corn and Washington are adjacent to great ports.