§ 32. Mr. BANFIELD
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the overcrowding in the Black Country and 529 the long waiting lists for houses in Wednesbury and Dudley; and whether, in view of the failure to build houses under the 1933 Act, he will introduce a Bill to give financial assistance to town councils desirous of building houses to be let at rents which the working classes can afford to pay?
Sir H. YOUNG
I am aware that there is overcrowding at Wednesbury and Dudley. In reply to the second part of the question, any local authority, the needs of whose area are not, being met by private enterprise, are free to build any houses required, and at the present time they can do so at very low cost.