§ 31 and 32. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Health (1) whether consideration has been given to the position which may arise on 31st March, 1938, when the Exchequer contribution in respect of the provision of re-housing accommodation for persons displaced from houses dealt with by local authorities under the Housing Act, 193o, will have expired?
(2) whether he can give an assurance that local authorities will not suffer financially where they have not been able to complete their housing programme under the 1930 Act before March, 1938?
§ Sir K. Wood
Exchequer contributions will continue at the present rate until 31st March, 1938. The contributions in respect of houses which are not completed until after that date will depend on the result of the review which has to be undertaken after 1st October, 1937, and will be provided for in an Order to be made after that review. As I stated in reply to a question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Coventry (Captain Strickland) on 8th December, I will approach the question with a full sense of all the issues involved, including the importance to the health services of the country of the completion of the slum clearance campaign.