HC Deb 28 April 1925 vol 183 c26
47. Mr. T. THOMSON

asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the slow progress in the provision of new houses and the aggravation of the shortage of dwelling-houses by the continued conversion of existing houses into clubs, garages, and similar purposes, he will give facilities for the further progress of the Housing (Additional Powers) Bill, read a first, time on 17th February, and which would enable local authorities to prohibit these conversions?


No, Sir, the Government do not propose to grant special facilities for this Bill. Conversions of the nature referred to by the hon. Member are already strictly limited by the provisions of the Rent Restriction. Acts.


Is the Prime Minister aware that many local authorities have petitioned, the Minister of Health and the Government to prevent the conversion of these houses for such purposes, and is he not prepared to do something more than what is being done at present in this direction?


I will look into that matter.