§ 16. Mr. HERBERT WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Health whether he can supplement the information published monthly in the "Labour Gazette," as to building plans approved in certain areas, by an annual statement as to the total value of plans passed by local authorities in the whole of England and Wales?
The collection of the information necessary for an annual statement such as desired would involve so much expense to the local authorities and to the Ministry, that I think it necessary, in view of the need for economy, to be content with the large and representative sample provided by the present collection of returns from 146 of the principal towns, covering over two-fifths of the total population of Great Britain, outside London. Figures for the County of London would not be obtainable as prior submission of plans to the 1161 local authority is not required if the provisions of the London Building Act are complied with.
§ Mr. WILLIAMS
Does the right hon. Gentleman get any information from rural areas? The information published refers to urban areas?