Cwmbran

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Leo Abse Mr Leo Abse , Pontypool 12:00 am, 20th July 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many houses built for private sale by the Cwmbran Development Corporation are now standing empty at Cwmbran New Town; what contracts are at present in existence for further houses for sale: whether he is aware of concern that the financial burden of servicing the capital deployed in the building of these empty houses falls upon the rents of Cwmbran New Town tenants; and what action is being taken to dispose of these houses and decelerate further building of houses for sale.

Photo of Mr Ifor Davies Mr Ifor Davies , Gower

Twenty-seven houses built by the corporation for private sale are vacant at present, but four have been reserved and negotiations are in progress for the sale of another four. The corporation has contracted for another eight houses specifically for sale. No part of the cost of houses built for sale falls upon rents of new town tenants. The corporation has advertised these houses and has engaged the services of private estate agents to help in selling them and no further tenders for houses for sale will be approved until existing vacant houses are sold.

Photo of Mr Leo Abse Mr Leo Abse , Pontypool

My hon. Friend does not appear to have answered that part of my Question which asks what contracts are at present in existence for further houses for sale Mr. Davies: I did answer the Question about houses for sale, which was the point of the Question, and I said that there were contracts for another eight. I can also inform my hon. Friend about discussions we have had about certain high-priced houses. The corporation has been asked to defer putting these dwellings into contract until the housing situation at Cwmbran has been cleared up.

Photo of Mr Leo Abse Mr Leo Abse , Pontypool

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has now reviewed the future population growth target of Cwmbran New Town; and with what result.

Photo of Mr Ifor Davies Mr Ifor Davies , Gower

Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend is not satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to warrant fixing a higher population target for the new town at present, but he has arranged for a further study by the corporation and the local planning authority of the longer term possibilities.

Photo of Mr Leo Abse Mr Leo Abse , Pontypool

Will my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary consider whether in view of the existing situation and what appear to be the present trends there is necessity to have greater phasing towards any target growth which perhaps up to the present may have been considered necessary?

Photo of Mr Ifor Davies Mr Ifor Davies , Gower

I can assure my hon. Friend that the question of future population growth has been reviewed and the size of Cwmbran New Town will depend on the study which has now been arranged.

Photo of Mr Donald Anderson Mr Donald Anderson , Monmouth

Does my hon. Friend appreciate that as the eventual target of the new town is pushed further ahead the hopes of local people for the democratisation of the new town recede, and local people are very much anticipating the results of the legislation promised by my right hon. Friend the Minister?

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. The hon. Members supplementary question does not refer to Cwmbran.

Photo of Mr Ifor Davies Mr Ifor Davies , Gower

My visits to the town do not suggest any breakdown of democratic rights. I get the appreciation that they are very happy about democracy.