HC Deb 27 September 1944 vol 403 c288
Mr. Willink

I beg to move, in page line 29, after "agreed," to insert: and shall do so on being requested to do so by the local authority at any time after the expiration of ten years from the passing of this Act unless it appears to the Minister that housing conditions require that it should remain. This is an Amendment of which notice was given by the Secretary of State for Scotland yesterday. The effect of it is to place an obligation on the Ministers concerned to remove the bungalows if the local authority at the end of ten years asks the Government to do so, unless in the opinion of the Minister concerned in Scotland, or in England and Wales, housing conditions at that time still make it necessary to keep them up. The object of this Amendment is, I think, obvious. Anxiety has been expressed that in the guise of temporary houses local authorities and other people might be saddled with bungalows for longer than they thought was right. It is the intention of this Government, at any rate, that no considerations of finance should result in the retention of the bungalows once housing conditions allow them to be dispensed with, and we desire to make that intention clear in the Statute. I hope the Committee will accept the Amendment

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.