HC Deb 21 March 1923 vol 161 cc2551-2
72. Mr. R. YOUNG

asked the Minister of Health how many county councils, borough councils, and urban and rural district councils, respectively, under the powers conferred on them by the Small Dwellings Act, 1899, advanced money to applicants for the purpose of purchasing a dwelling house for personal use; how many houses were so purchased; and how much money was advanced up to August, 1914; and whether any money for the above purpose has been loaned since January, 1919, in conformity with the said Act, and how much?


Advances under the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act have been made by three county councils, 19 borough councils, 34 urban district councils, and five rural district councils. Information as to the number of houses purchased is not available. Up to August, 1914, local authorities obtained sanction to the borrowing of sums amounting to £349,500 for the purpose of advances under the Act. Since January, 1919, loans amounting to £338,000 have been sanctioned.


asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes, in connection with the housing proposals of the Government, to introduce legislation extending the operation and scope of the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act?


Yes, Sir.

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