§ 37. Mr. Loverseed
asked the Minister of Health whether he will instruct local authorities to carry out periodical reviews of housing facilities in their district; and whether he will consider giving priority to the dependants of men serving in His Majesty's Forces.
§ Mr. Willink
I have no reason to suppose that, with their limited staffs, local authorities generally are not doing all they can to inform themselves of the housing position in their districts. I shall, however, be glad to look into any case which the hon. Member may care to bring to my notice and I should propose when conditions permit to remind local authorities of their duty under Section 5 of the Housing Act, 1936, to carry out periodical inspections of the housing in their districts and to give them advice in the matter. With regard to the last part of the Question, as I have already informed the House, this matter is receiving very careful consideration, but I am not in a position at the moment to make a statement.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman recall what he said when he was on the back benches regarding the necessity for speed in housing; or has he completely forgotten those speeches?