The last scheme for the erection of houses by the Wednesbury Corporation was completed on 1st September, 1922. Three hundred and fifty-eight houses were erected under that scheme. The council's scheme under the Housing, &c, Act, 1923, for the assistance of private persons building houses was approved on 30th October, 1923. Under this scheme, which is still in force, promise of assistance has been given up to date in respect of 35 houses. I understand that the council have under consideration a scheme for the erection by the corporation of 150 houses.
The town council made application on the 6th January last for consent to the appropriation for housing purposes of the land referred to in the question. It was necessary for a local inquiry to be held upon this application and, after consideration of the inspector's report, I have decided to consent to the appropriation.