Memo from Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to the Minister of Housing and Local Government, 23rd December 1959 (PREM 11/3389)
PRIME MINISTER’S PERSONAL MINUTE
MINISTER OF HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
You may have seen a letter drafted for me by your department to send to Mr. Delargy about the case of an evicted man. If you have not seen it here is a copy. This makes me wonder what the true state of the housing shortage really is now. I suppose in some parts of the country the need is pretty well met but in other parts there is a crying shortage. Do you think the local authorities have been too much kept back, and can something be done to stimulate them? Is the slum clearance scheme going ahead with real vigour? I do not think this Parliament ought to end without making some great effort such as was made in 1951.
I would like you to think about all this and let me have your views. When I get from Africa we could have a private talk. I scarcely think there will be time before.
Copy to Sir. N. Brook
December 23, 1959