HC Deb 09 February 1922 vol 150 cc291-2
37. Mr. HALLS

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government intend to go on with their housing scheme and if it is intended to extend the period during which the housing subsidy for new houses will be given to local authorities until 1924, and by so doing make it possible to carry out his promise that by calling a halt there should be no reduction in the number of houses built?


I have been asked to reply to this question. The Government certainly intend to proceed with the housing scheme within the limits laid down last Session. As I have already stated, where work has been undertaken by local authorities with the approval of the Ministry, and for reasons outside the control of the authorities cannot be completed by July next, the time for completion will be extended by the Ministry as may be necessary.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is one area in my constituency where the local authority had 18 houses to be let and no fewer than 647 applications for them, and that they have been prevented from going further?


The right hon. Gentleman cannot be expected to carry that in his memory.