§ 35. Sir GERALD HURST
asked the Minister of Health how many subsidised houses were built in Manchester between May, 1929, and August, 1931, inclusive, and at what cost to the State; and how many such houses are let at rents within the means of working-class families?
3,807 subsidised houses were built in Manchester between the months named. The present value of the subsidies payable out of the Exchequer in respect of these houses is £472,390. As regards the last part of the question, I can only send my hon. Friend a statement of the rents at which I understand the corporation let their houses.
It is a matter of opinion as to what are working-class rents. The hon. and learned Member will see what rentals are charged, and I am afraid he will find that they are to a large extent in excess of what members of the working-classes can be expected to pay.
§ Sir G. HURST
As a matter of fact, is a single house let, at a rent within the means of the working class?