§ 18. Mr. Gerald Williams
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, under Regulation 56A, plans for the erection of houses have to be refused by local authorities if they provide for a maximum area of more than 1,000 superficial feet; and whether, in view of the fact that this restriction prevents the building of desirable types of houses in rural districts, he will take steps to amend the regulation at an early date.
§ Mr. Williams
Does the Minister agree that although these limitations may be necessary in urban areas, in rural areas where there is no pressure on space the amenities could be considerably improved without any additional cost?
§ Mr. Manningham-Buller
Will the Minister say what increase he has made in the limits for private houses; and secondly, whether the maximum of 1,000 superficial feet takes in outbuildings?
§ Mr. Willink
Will the Minister reconsider that answer? Is it not a fact that there is a limitation not only on price but in regard to the size of houses built by private enterprise? Will he also answer the first part of the supplementary question as to whether he has raised the standard of houses to be built by private enterprise, as he alleged in his own answer?