§ 9. Mr. Harry Thorneycroft
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the housing authorities are experiencing difficulty in connection with their first and second year housing programme in the absence of any indication on the part of the Government as to the method which it is proposed to follow in allocating amongst the various housing authorities the Government's programme of 300,000 permanent houses in the two years after the end of the war in Europe; the part which private enterprise is expected to play in connection therewith; and the method of allocation amongst housing authorities of the Government's programme of temporary houses and the obligations of the housing authorities in connection therewith; and if he can yet make any statement on these matters.
§ Mr. Willink
I have not received any general representations on the point raised in the first part of the Question, and I do not think that any difficulty ought to arise at present. Local authorities have already been advised to base their short-term programmes on their annual output of houses before the war. On the second and third parts, I hope to make statements at an early date.