HC Deb 22 March 1923 vol 161 cc2751-2
64. Mr. EDE

asked the Secretary of State for Air if, in connection with the proposed developments to the Croydon aerodrome, he contemplates providing housing for the persons who will be employed there when the developed aerodrome is at work; whether he is aware that the housing shortage is particularly acute in the neighborhoods of the aerodrome; and, if he does not propose to build houses as part of the necessary development of the aerodrome, how it is proposed to house the staff without causing further overcrowding in the existing houses in the neighborhoods?


I am aware that there is a considerable shortage of the cheaper houses in the district in question, and that some of the mechanics and traffic hands have to come long distances to their work. I do not think, however, that the present difficulties will be made greater by the proposed development of the aerodrome which is not likely to cause an appreciable increase in the, permanent Government establishment of personnel at Corydon, nor do I think that the Air Ministry could undertake to remedy the shortage by building houses. An improvement is only to be looked for in increased local building activities.