asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will consult with local authorities and with the building industry with a view to drawing up a code of good practice in housing developments which will eliminate unreasonable delays in the removal of builders' rubble, the completion of access roads and the provision of effective surface drainage.
My right hon. and learned Friend has written to my hon. Friend about a particular case. I am making inquiries whether this is a widespread problem. Local authorities already have sufficient powers to deal with nuisances.
Is my hon. Friend aware that many local authorities, certainly in my part of the country, consider that they do not have adequate powers to deal with the problems arising out of this situation? Is he further aware of the growing practice, first, of what one might call semi-bogus bankruptcies on the part of builders in order to evade their obligations to finish off an estate, and, secondly, of leaving one plot undeveloped on a site in order to enable builders to evade their obligations to finish off the roadway and complete tidying-up operations?
Will the hon. Gentleman also consult the National Coal Board about the disastrous situation in the village of Rhosllanerchrugog in my constituency, about which 1 have written to him, where a large area in the middle of the village stands derelict with little likelihood of being built on because of the rules of the board relating to mining subsidence and mine workings at least 200 years old?
May I assure the Minister that the problem raised by the hon. Member for Flint, West (Sir A. Meyer) is widespread and that many occupants of new houses have had the amenities of those houses severely damaged for many months while they have waited for the builders to honour their obligations and to honour the conditions of planning permission?