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Planning and Rebuilding in Britain

Nature volume 149, page 496 (02 May 1942) | Download Citation



IN his first official statement in the House of Lords as Minister of Works and Buildings, Lord Portal emphasized that the policy initiated by his predecessor, Lord Reith, still holds good. Lord Portal was replying to inquiries by the Bishop of Winchester, who voiced the wide anxiety as to whether the recent changes at the Ministry of Works and Buildings meant a change in the Government's intentions. He emphasized that unless planning took a prominent place in housing reconstruction, there would be chaos through the rivalry of competing authorities and uneconomic use would be made of the land, with the attendant spectacle of distressed areas.

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