HC Deb 05 June 1947 vol 438 cc373-4
39. Mr. Ronald Chamberlain

asked the Minister of Health whether in connection with the issue of licences for houses for sale he will again call the attention of local authorities to the requirements that a deduction should be made from the amount of the authorised maximum sell- ing price where street works are subsequently to be carried out.

Mr. Bevan

The attention of local authorities was again drawn to this requirement in a circular issued on 20th January of this year.

Mr. Chamberlain

Since this is a most important safeguard, will my right hon. Friend look into cases which I can give him where local authorities have not done this?

Mr. Bevan

I will, indeed. I hope that this Question and answer will call further attention to the matter.

Mr. Sparks

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the anomolous position which exists in regard to houses for sale on a cost-of-works basis upon which there is no maximum selling price, and does he not think that if it is necessary in one case to impose a maximum selling price, the same principle should apply?

Mr. Bevan

That is an entirely different issue.