HC Deb 12 March 1925 vol 181 cc1505-6
61. Viscountess ASTOR

asked the Minister of Health if he can state how many steel houses made by Messrs. J. and G. Weir, Messrs. Braithwaite and Company, and Messrs. James Wild have been authorised to be erected for demonstration purposes, with the help of contributions from the Exchequer, and in what districts?


I will send the Noble Lady a list of the local authorities which have been invited to take part in the experiment for the erection of these demonstration houses.

70. Mr. ALBERY

asked the Minister of Health whether he will take steps to give special facilities to small groups of workers, under the Housing Acts, which would enable them jointly to erect Weir steel houses for their own occupation?


The Housing Acts already provide very considerable facilities, which are being taken advantage of to a large extent, to enable persons to provide houses for their own occupation. These facilities are applicable in the case of steel houses, and I do not think that any special provision is at present required.

71. Mr. ALBERY

asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to provide any special facilities to enable Members of this House to inspect one of the Weir steel houses somewhere in this neighbourhood?


I understand that the pair of demonstration houses, of the system referred to, to be erected by the London County Council. will probably be put up at Millbank, and will be available for inspection by anybody interested. In the meantime, I observe that a pair of Weir houses are being erected in Grosvenor Gardens just opposite. Victoria Station.


asked the Minister of Health whether the Nissen steel houses erected at Yeovil have been approved for subsidy; and whether this type of house has been considered by the Moir Committee?


The type of house referred to has been considered by the Committee on New Methods of Hours Construction, and at the request of the Yeovil Town Council I approved of their proposal to erect two houses of this type as an experiment. I have agreed that these houses may rank for subsidy