§ 18. Mr. F. Willey
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that a shortage of cast iron gas pipes shall not 2020 delay the progress of housing in Sunderland.
§ Mr. H. Macmillan
My right hon. Friend the Minister of Fuel and Power and I have considered this matter. Although some delay in providing a gas supply is, I fear, inevitable, the Town Council do not intend to let this interfere with the completion and occupation of the houses.
§ Mr. Willey
Will the right hon. Gentleman reduce this delay to the minimum, because otherwise these houses will be completed without gas, and this is a very large estate? Second, will he realise that it is no good exhorting the local authorities unless they are backed up by a vigorous Department?