HC Deb 22 June 1925 vol 185 c1077
61. Read-Admiral BEAMISH

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that his officials are refusing to allow local authorities to permit the erection of wireless aerials on State-aided houses unless the said authorities accept the risk of fire from lightning; is he aware that insurance companies accept such risk without extra premium; is he aware that the prospect of law suits prevents local authorities from insuring at 6d. a house to cover the risk from an aerial; and can he, in view of the hardship involved, see his way to bringing the Government insurance scheme for State-aided houses into conformity with normal commercial procedure?


I think the hon. and gallant Member is under some misapprehension in the matter to which he refers. No objection has been raised by my right hon. Friend's Department to the erection of wireless aerials on State-aided housing schemes provided that the usual precautions are taken for the proper earthing of the installation.