HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 c501
6. Mr. Stanley Prescott

asked the Minister of Health what complaints he has received regarding dampness in recently-erected prefabricated houses; and what action has been taken.

Mr. Bevan

Some complaints have been received from tenants of recently-erected temporary houses. They are found to be due in some cases to the tenant's failure to observe the official advice for the avoidance of condensation. Where remedial measures are necessary, they have been undertaken.

Mr. Prescott

Is the Minister aware that in many instances in the case of the newly-erected prefabricated houses in Bolton there have been justifiable complaints of very great dampness, and can he say whether the cause was as indicated in his answer or was due to other factors?

Mr. Bevan

Even traditional houses in a climate like this suffer from condensation. If the people occupying these prefabricated houses just managed to open the windows for a little while during the day, condensation would be avoided. Where there are structural defects, we are having them remedied.

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