§ 4. Mr. Charles Grey
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government the policy of His Majesty's Government in regard to the whole system of development charges on new housing.
§ Mr. H. Macmillan
Development charges on new housing are part and parcel of the whole system of dealing with compensation and betterment which is embodied in the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947. On this, I cannot add anything to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond), on 12th November.
§ Mr. Raymond Gower
While appreciating the Minister's answer, may I ask him to explore every possibility of ending these development charges on houses, as they tend to discourage that thrifty class 1089 of the community whose efforts are likely to relieve the community of the burden of housing them?
§ Mr. Macmillan
I will do my best, but I am afraid that the Town and Country Planning Act is not a question of exploring avenues but of feeling one's way around a maze.