§ 35. Sir Irving Albery
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works if the finish and fittings of the Portal bungalow inspected by many Members of this House are identical with those to be provided in the mass-produced houses; and, if not, in what respect do they differ.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. Hicks)
The final decision by the Government on this factory made house has not yet been taken. The finish and fittings as finally approved in the model will be provided in the mass-produced houses.
§ Mr. A. Bevan
Before a decision is taken, will the House be given an opportunity of hearing what it is likely to be, and before money is spent on these houses will the hon. Gentleman seek the approval of the House of Commons to the design?
§ Sir H. Williams
Why has this bungalow deteriorated from the "Churchill" status to the "Portal" status?
§ Mr. Hicks
The only answer I can give is that well over 5,000 people have passed through the house, a cross-section of the community. Any number of representatives from organisations have been through. Eighty per cent. have been satisfied and less than 20 per cent. have put in suggestions which have largely varied according to each individual.
§ Mr. Montague
Would not the making of the improvements resulting from the criticisms add to the cost of the house?