Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:28 am on 1st July 1983.

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Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson , Ruislip - Northwood 11:28 am, 1st July 1983

The right hon. Gentleman made a point which will be of interest to residents in outer London constituencies such as mine. He thinks it beneficial that a GLC with augmented powers should be able to assemble land for development. Is he aware that even the local authority of Hillingdon, when it was Socialist controlled, used compulsory purchase powers to assemble land for development? That was highly unpopular locally. To suggest that such powers should be used centrally by County hall must strike terror into the residents of many outer London constituencies.