HC Deb 25 June 1919 vol 117 c166
10. Major NEWMAN

asked the President of the Local. Government Board whether it is proposed to introduce legislation to permit a local authority to acquire or lease large dwelling-houses at present standing empty and convert the same into flats suitable for occupation by middle- class tenants?


The Housing Bill at present before Parliament provides full powers enabling local authorities to take the action proposed in the hon. Member's question.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Would it be possible to hasten this matter, in view of the great shortage and the hardship felt by discharged men?


I should like to hasten, it as much as possible, but no one will have any power until this Bill becomes law.

Lieut.-Colonel P. WILLIAMS

Would the President of the Local Government Board have a return prepared of the number of such empty houses that are now available for letting?


Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will put the question down next week.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in a great number of cases the owners of these houses are prevented from converting them into flats?


Yes, I know. The Housing Bill provides powers to set aside that.