§ 89. Mr. Emery
asked the Minister of Health whether, for the protection of working-class purchasers of newly-built houses, he will consult with the local authorities with a view to tightening up local by-laws to ensure that newly-built houses should be of better quality so as to give reasonably long service without abnormal repairs?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)
Under the Public Health Act, 1936, building bylaws made prior to the passing of the Act will lapse in July next, and a model code for the guidance of local authorities in preparing new by-laws has been issued by my Department. So far, therefore, as the matter can be dealt with by building by-laws, the action suggested by my hon. Friend is already being taken.
§ Mr. Thorne
Will the model by-laws that may be issued in the future be different from the old ones?
§ Mr. Bernays
Yes, Sir, but it is not merely a question of new by-laws, but of enforcing existing by-laws.