HC Deb 12 November 1928 vol 222 c500

asked the Minister of Health whether he has received a resolution from the East Ham Town Council stating that the experience of the past year has shown that, following the reduction in the rate of the housing subsidy, there has been a marked falling off in the number of houses under construction under both the 1923 and 1924 Housing Acts, a serious increase in the number of unemployed workers in the various branches of the building trade, and a tendency to lower the standards of quality and size of working-class dwellings, and urging upon him the importance of making no further reduction in the rate of subsidy under the 1924 Act before 1st October, 1930: and if he can say whether he proposes to take any steps in accordance with this resolution?


My right hon. Friend has received the resolution referred to. He must not, however, be taken to accept the statements which it contains. As my right hon. Friend stated in reply to the hon. Member for Stourbridge on the 8th instant, the question of the housing subsidy is at present engaging his attention, but he is not yet in a position to make a statement.