§ 46. Mr. David Eccles
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the Minister of Health has recently made drastic cuts in the housing programmes in rural areas, and that a contract has been let by the Secretary of State for Air to a London firm of builders, without local labour, to build 50 houses in connection with Lyneham, Wiltshire, aerodrome, at a cost of £1,500 each, he will take further steps to coordinate the Government's housing programme, particularly in rural areas.
§ Mr. H. Morrison
I have been asked to reply. It is not the fact that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health has recently made drastic cuts in the housing programmes in rural areas. The contract mentioned was let by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air, after consultation between the two Departments, in accordance with the usual practice. All practicable steps are being and will be taken to coordinate the Government's housing programme.
§ Mr. Eccles
Would the Lord President of the Council say whether the housing authorities in the districts have any notice of this project, which will certainly prejudice their own housing schemes, which have already been reduced?
§ Mr. Morrison
I do not see why this should prejudice their own housing schemes. It was a necessary operation on behalf of one of the Defence Departments, which had to proceed. The housing operations of the local authorities are not prejudiced.