§ 59. Mr. Brooke
asked the Minister of Health whether he can give an assurance that in every case where a house in London damaged by enemy action was notified to the local authority before the end of 1940 as requiring first-aid repairs, these repairs have by now been put in hand; and if there are any boroughs of which this assurance cannot be given, what practical arrangements has he made to improve the situation there?
Mr. M. MacDonald
No, Sir. I have no figures enabling me to give such an assurance, and there may well be a few houses which have been damaged for some time and are not yet repaired. The assurance which I can give is that go per cent. of all houses damaged up to date in the London Region which are capable of repair have already received the first-aid repairs necessary to make them wind and weather tight. Units of the special repair service organised by my Noble Friend the Minister of Works and Buildings are sent to give additional assistance in areas which have suffered most damage or where first-aid repairs are proceeding least quickly.