§ 44. Mr. Butcher
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works how many houses he proposes to build during the first six months of 1944?
§ Mr. Hicks
I assume the hon. Member has in mind the experimental houses referred to by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Production on Tuesday, 30th November which it is proposed to build to demonstrate the possibilities of various methods of construction A first instalment of 12 houses, in six pairs, is contemplated. In addition, eight other houses are being built for the Building Research Station to enable full-scale scientific research to be made into problems of building construction generally.
§ Mr. Butcher
Are we to take it that the sole contribution of the Ministry of Works to housing within six months is 20 houses?
§ Mr. Stephen
Did not the hon. Gentleman tell us that this was quite apart from the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State, and that the idea was for his Department to show the types of buildings?
§ Mr. Lipson
Are these houses to be built purely for demonstration purposes or will they be available for occupation afterwards?