HC Deb 05 July 1944 vol 401 cc1156-7
58. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that there is no clause in his Ministry's model by-laws which requires the effectual removal of growing vegetable matter from a site before the erection of a building is commenced; and if he will remedy this before post-war building is commenced.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Horsbrugh)

Yes, Sir. There has been no general demand by local authorities for such a provision, but where asked for, a suitable clause has readily been agreed.

Mr. Bossom

Is the hon. Lady aware that you cannot do it in London; and why should people around London be able to do it, and people in London not be allowed to do it?

Miss Horsbrugh

At any rate, this matter is decided by the local authority. Model by-laws have no legal force, and if any local authority wants a by-law on this subject, permission is given by the Ministry of Health.

Mr. Bossom

Will the hon. Lady make a recommendation to the local authorities that it is essential and see that it is done, as it is required to be done in London?