§ 14. Mr. Daggar
asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered resolutions from the Nantyglo and Blaina, Ebbw Vale, and Porthcawl Urban District Councils asking that consideration should be given to an increase in the rate of billeting 316 allowances upon the ground that, having regard to the increase in the cost of living, the existing rate is inadequate; and whether he will state the nature of his reply?
§ 21. Sir John Mellor
asked the Minister of Health whether he will now reconsider the adequacy of billeting allowances?
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Ernest Brown)
A resolution passed by the Ebbw Vale Urban District Council was forwarded to me on 28th April, and I have been informed by the Nantyglo and Blaina Urban District Council of their desire to support it. I have replied to the Ebbw Vale Urban District Council that increases have twice been made in the rates of billeting allowances since they were first settled and that, in my view, they are now generally adequate. In the circumstances I should not feel justified in making any further increase at present.
§ Mr. Daggar
Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that there has been a considerable increase in the cost of living since the last increases were made in billeting allowances?
§ Sir J. Mellor
Will my right hon. Friend publish an analysis of the average cost to householders of having people billeted upon them?
§ Dr. Edith Summerskill
Is the Minister aware that the inadequacy of allowances is a real fact and that there is in consequence considerable irritation in many homes, and for the sake of the children will he not remedy the situation immediately?
§ Mr. Daggar
In view of the position and the nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I wish to raise the matter on the Adjournment.