§ MR. CORRIE GRANT
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that Mr. Charles Gee, of 12, Furber Street, Hammersmith, applied to the Hammersmith Borough Council for an advance of £240 under the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act; that that Council was prepared to make the advance, but that, on applying to the Public Works Loan Commissioners for a loan, was informed by them that, taking into consideration the amount of money placed at their disposal by Parliament, they were unable to entertain applications for loans from Metropolitan Borough Councils; and whether he will take steps to remedy this inequality.
§ MR. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN
The Borough Council has not applied to the Public Works Loan Commissioners for a loan for this purpose. Although the Commissioners are not at present in a position to make loans to Metropolitan Borough Councils for general purposes, they would, in view of the provisions of the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, be prepared to entertain applications for loans under that Act.