HC Deb 17 December 1908 vol 198 c2103
MR. BRODIE (Surrey, Reigate)

To ask the Prime Minister whether, in view of the disappointment caused to housing reformers by the loss of the Housing and Town Planning Bill introduced during the present session by the President of the Local Government Board, he will give some assurance that a housing Bill or Bills will be included in the King's Speech next session; and whether the Government will consider the advisability of separating the housing from the town-planning portions of the Bill so as to form two separate Bills, and of drafting them in such a way that references to previous legislation can be avoided.

(Answered by Mr. Asquith.) I have already stated that the Government intend to introduce the Housing and Town Planning Bill, as amended, next session. I cannot give any undertaking that this measure shall be so divided as to form two separate Bills, and I am afraid that it would be impossible that the Bill should be redrafted in such a way as to avoid all reference to previous legislation.