§ 32. Major NATHAN
asked the Minister of Health whether he can state the superficial area of the 240 houses now being erected at Aldershot by private enterprise under the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1933, and the average superficial area of non-parlour houses provided by local authorities in England and Wales during the period January to October, 1933, respectively; and what steps he has taken or will take to ensure that all houses erected by private builders in the Greater London region under the Housing Act, 1933, are of a proper standard for the working classes?
Sir H. YOUNG
I am informed that the superficial area of the houses mentioned by the hon. Member is 662 square feet in some cases and 653 in others. The average area of houses provided by local authorities during the period mentioned is 728 feet. The minimum dimensions of houses erected under the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1933, are governed by Section 92 of the Housing Act, 1925, of which Section 2 of the 1933 Act is an extension.
§ Major NATHAN
Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that the dimensions which he has given are a satisfactory result of the legislation which we have passed?
Sir H. YOUNG
I think the hon. and gallant Member is under a misapprehension. I must point out that the dimensions are respectively 42 and 33 square feet in excess of the minimum dimensions laid down for my guidance by Parliament.