HC Deb 23 June 1937 vol 325 c1200
69. Sir George Mitcheson

asked the Minister of Health whether the decrease in building plans approved by the local authorities which make returns on this subject from £12,476,000 in May, 1936, to £9,015,000 in May, 1937, was due to special and temporary causes; and does the information in the possession of his Department indicate the likelihood of any further decline in respect of June?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)

I am aware of the figures to which my hon. Friend refers, but my right hon. Friend is not in a position to assess the causes of the decline. The figure of £12,476,000 for May, 1936, is the highest figure reached for two years. The average for the year commencing May, 1935, was £9,390,000, and for the year commencing May, 1936, £9,644,000.