Crawley

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr Peter Hordern Mr Peter Hordern , Horsham 12:00 am, 1st March 1966

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether, in view of the special housing needs in Crawley through the expansion of industry, he will announce plans for a large increase in the construction of houses through the agency of the New Towns Commission for Crawley.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

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.

Photo of Mr Peter Hordern Mr Peter Hordern , Horsham

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?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

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.