HC Deb 31 March 1925 vol 182 cc1116-7

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that, although subsidies are payable under the Housing Act, 1923, and the Housing Act, 1924, to both rural district councils and private landowners who build cottages for the purposes of letting to agricultural labourers, no subsidy is available to smallholders who are owners who desire to build cottages for their own use; and will he take steps to remedy this in the interest of the small owner?


Subsidy under the Housing Act, 1924, is only available for houses built for letting; under the Act of 1923, however, subsidy should ordinarily be available in such cases as the hon. Member refers to, and if difficulties have arisen in any particular case, my right hon. Friend will be glad to investigate them if the hon. Member will send him details.


Am I to understand that the landlord of a smallholder, who is an occupier, can under the 1924 Act get an increased subsidy, but if the smallholder happens to be the owner he cannot get that increased subsidy under the 1924 Act?


If my hon. Friend will see my reply, I think he will obtain the information he requires. The Act of 1924 does not permit it, but subject to the conditions of the Measure the Act of 193 would be available.