45. Major NEWMAN
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that, although there is a scarcity of housing accommodation for the middle and professional classes in the Metropolitan area, a number of large houses, especially in the West End of London, are standing empty, which could be converted into flats; and will immediate steps be taken to deal with the restriction on leases, and give priority as to the necessary materials to effect their conversion into flats?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Major Astor)
The question as it stands appears to concern several Departments. My right hon. Friend is aware that there is a shortage in the Metropolitan area of houses of the type referred to. The proposals mentioned by the hon. and gallant 928 Member are under consideration in connection with the Housing Bill which is being prepared.