South-East England

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th April 1968.

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Photo of Mr Terence Boston Mr Terence Boston , Faversham 12:00 am, 4th April 1968

asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs if he will make a statement about the composition and programme of the body set up by his Department on 20th March, 1968, to coordinate the planning strategy for South-East England.

Photo of Mr Peter Shore Mr Peter Shore , Stepney

The composition of the commissioning body for the proposed technical study is set out in my announcement of 20th March.—[Vol. 761, c. 111–113.] Its task will be to reach agreement on the broad scope of the work and the machinery for carrying it out. My hon. Friend will be holding the first meeting shortly.

Photo of Mr Terence Boston Mr Terence Boston , Faversham

When is it likely that the proposals arising from this investigation will start to be acted upon? Would my right hon. Friend agree that this body must be involved in some way in the general inquiry into the site of the third London Airport? In that case, how will it be so involved?

Photo of Mr Peter Shore Mr Peter Shore , Stepney

There will, of course, be continuing and close liaison between the inquiry into the third London Airport and the body which will be carrying out this further development of the regional strategy for the South-East.