HC Deb 10 February 1944 vol 396 cc1880-1
22. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Health whether he can now make some statement on the progress of the farm cottage scheme; and if he can make a pronouncement of the details of the scheme for further development in the future.

Mr. Willink

By the end of January, 244 cottages were finished. Acceptable tenders had been received and approved for another 2,594. Of these 2,358 were under construction and 1,467 were roofed in or at a later stage. The answer to the second part of the question is "No, Sir".

Mr. De la Bère

Is my right hon. and learned Friend satisfied that there is really any co-ordination between his Department and the Ministry of Agriculture; and how is at that would-be tenants are not aware whether they can have cottages or not? Is it not necessary to have this matter tightened up?

Mr. Willink

That seems to be a wholly different matter from that raised by the Question.

Mr. Shinwell

As it is nearly two years since my right hon. and learned Friend's predecessor promised 3,000 agricultural cottages, why is it that only 244 have been provided?

Mr. Willink

My hon. Friend knows the difficulties of war-time. I really cannot, by way of Question and Answer, go into the difficulties arising in this matter.