HC Deb 21 July 1924 vol 176 cc1070-1

(1) In approving proposals for the construction of houses under this Act the Minister shall not impose any condition which would prevent the materials required being purchased in the cheapest market at home or abroad or which would require the employment of any particular trade.

(2) If at any time it is shown to the satisfaction of the Minister that a local authority have, without reasonable cause, refused to adopt a new material or method of construction which, in his opinion, would reduce the cost of the house without unduly affecting its durability, suitability or appearance, the Minister may make such deduction from the amount of the contribution payable by him as, in his opinion, is reasonable, having regard to the amount of the unnecessary expenditure so incurred by the local authority, but for the purpose of paragraph (e) of Sub-section (1) of Section three of this Act the expenses of the local authority shall be calculated as if no such deduction had been made.—[Mr. Wheatley.]

Brought up, and read the First time.


I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

I have already explained this Clause to the Committee.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.