HC Deb 11 April 1928 vol 162 cc1199-200
40. Mr. T. THOMSON

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the comparatively small difference in cost between the parlour and non-parlour house, he will reconsider his decision to exclude the former from subsidy and so give local authorities greater freedom in meeting their own needs?


No, Sir. As I have previously explained the policy of the Government is to give the subsidy only for the small type of house, which has not been built in any considerable numbers in the last few years, and which is the least attractive proposition to private enterprise.


Is the right hon. Gentleman of the opinion that the parlour house is being built in any considerable quantity at the present time?


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a feeling of great indignation throughout the country, that the country is going to be covered by houses absolutely unfit for human beings to live in?


How does the right hon. Gentleman think that working men who are trying to do their best for their children in the matter of education are going to provide them with rooms to sit in if they are to be denied the use of parlours?


It must be remembered that the people we hope to accommodate in this type of house are now living in one or two rooms. There is a considerable misapprehension if it 'is supposed that we are going to cover the country with houses unfit. for human beings to live in.