New Towns

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17 November 1965.

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Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East 12:00, 17 November 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement on the future management of new towns in Scotland after they have obtained borough status.

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

Burgh status does not affect the functions of a development corporation which, as at East Kilbride, retains the duty of developing the new town to its planned size. It is important, however, that at all stages in the life of a new town the development corporation and all interested local authorities should work closely together.

Photo of Sir John Gilmour Sir John Gilmour , Fife East

Have the Government any plans for the eventual handing over of these: new towns so that they are removed from the development corporations?

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

It is too early to make a statement on this.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Will my hon. Friend give an assurance that the terms of the New Towns Act, 1946, will be fully implemented and that we shall get full democratic control of these new towns by elecied authorities at the appropriate time?

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

In principle that is the policy of the Government, but there is a transitional stage during which we shall have to sort out how that position is to be reached.