55. Viscountess ASTOR
asked the Minister of Health whether he has agreed to the Cambridge town council letting land at a nominal rent to a local society with a view to building houses to be let at 5s. 6d. per week; and what other councils have made similar arrangements for letting building land at nominal rents?
A proposal of the nature referred to was recently received from the town council, but understand that the society have now another site in contemplation, and, therefore, I have not had occasion to give my consent to the letting. As regards the second part of the question, I am not aware of a case; but a reduction in the price of land is one of the ways of giving subsidies open to a local authority under the Housing, etc., Act, 1923, and this method has been followed in some instances, though no separate record of it has been kept.