HC Deb 08 March 1944 vol 397 cc2033-4
22. Lieut.-Colonel Dower

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works whether he will except cases of burst pipes and leaking roofs from the rule that where £100 has been expended on a single house in a period of 12 months no further repair may be carried out in that period without a certificate of essentiality from the local authority and a licence from his Department.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. Hicks)

Work such as that described can be carried out without licence if it is urgently necessary and is done in circumstances of emergency which render it impracticable to obtain a licence beforehand. No certificate of essentiality is required from the local authority but the Ministry of Works Regional Licensing Officer should be notified as soon as possible.

Lieut.-Col. Dower

Notified after the work has been carried out?

Mr. Ivor Thomas

Can my hon. Friend say when the word "essentiality," was admitted to the English language?

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