HC Deb 19 October 1944 vol 403 cc2524-5
37. Mr. Oliver

asked the Minister of Health whether consideration is being given by his Department to the increased cost of house building in districts affected by mining subsidence; and whether, in order that houses may be erected at rents comparable with areas not so affected, he will consider the granting of an additional subsidy for this purpose.

Mr. Willink

The terms and conditions of post-war housing subsidy are being discussed with representatives of the local authority Associations and I am not yet in a position to make any statement.

Mr. Oliver

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind, in considering this matter, the enormous expenditure incurred by local authorities in dealing with subsidence in the mining districts by repairing property, sewers and water mains, and that the position is becoming almost intolerable from the rate point of view?

Mr. Willink

I can assure my hon. Friend that, even with my short experience, I know how forcibly such points are put by the local authorities' associations.