14. Mr. ROBINSON
asked the Minister of Health whether any proposals have yet been submitted by local authorities under the Housing (Rural Workers) Act; and in which counties are houses being re-conditioned or extended to provide additional accommodation for workers in rural districts?
Proposals have so far been submitted by 40 local authorities under the Housing (Rural Workers) Act, 1926. I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of these authorities. Other local authorities have schemes under consideration, but have not yet actually submitted proposals.
With regard to the last part of the question, statistics as to action taken under the Act are not yet available.
§ Mr. HURD
Is it not a fact that there is a large number of cottages in our villages which are very much out of repair and ought to be brought under this Act? Will the right hon. Gentleman encourage the local authorities to use their powers to compel the owners, if necessary, if they cannot induce them otherwise, to bring their cottages under this Act?
Yes, Sir. I am aware of that, and I think one of the results of this Act will be that local authorities will be justified in applying more pressure to the owners of such houses than they have done hitherto.
§ Following is the list:
§ County Councils:
- Lincoln (Holland).
- Lincoln (Lindsey).
- Suffolk, East.
- Sussex, East.
- Yorks, East Riding.
- Yorks, North Riding.
- Yorks, West Riding.
§ County Boroughs:
§ Rural District Councils:
- Aylsham Rural District Council.
- Isle of Wight Rural District Council.
- Smallburgh Rural District Council.
- Wayland Rural District Council.