My right hon. Friend hopes to agree a programme with all those concerned quite shortly. The problem is to increase the number of houses built by all agencies without prejudicing a decision on the future size of the town.
But is the hon. Gentleman aware that if industry is to function properly in Crawley another 5,000 houses at least will be required by 1970? Can he give no indication at this stage whether that target itself can be met?
The meeting with the agencies concerned took place yesterday. We are aware of the problem here, particularly with regard to the shortage of labour for industry. I think I can say to the hon. Gentleman that we shall do all we can to ensure that that problem is met.