HC Deb 23 May 1946 vol 423 cc495-6
1. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that 35 bungalows in the area controlled by the borough of Beckenham cannot be occupied because of the absence of essential fittings; and if he will receive a deputation from the borough of Beckenham Council to go into the whole matter.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)

I am advised there are 27 temporary houses in Beckenham still awaiting complete sets of internal components. These will be supplied as soon as they are available, and in the circumstances it would not serve any useful purpose for a deputation from the council to be received.

Sir W. Smithers

Why will the Minister not receive a deputation to hear the views of the people on the spot? Is he aware that the inability of about three Ministries to agree with all the rules and regulations is holding up these houses?

Mr. Bevan

I cannot accept the hon. Member's suggestion. It is quite impossible for me to receive a deputation from every authority in Great Britain. I should be doing nothing but receive deputations.

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