HC Deb 16 December 1948 vol 459 c1369
24. Sir Patrick Hannon

asked the Minister of Health if he will make a statement as at the latest convenient date, of the present position of the housing programme in Birmingham; what number of houses has been completed for occupation; how many are in process of construction; and what steps are being taken to meet the cases of the 45,000 applicants now on the register.

Mr. Bevan

I would refer the hon. Member to the September Housing Peturn, Appendix B. Arrangements are being made for a continued house-building programme within the limits of the resources available.

Sir P. Hannon

Do I understand that the Minister is now giving more liberty to the estates committee in Birmingham to build houses than was the case before his recent arrangement with them?

Mr. Bevan

That is not the case. The limit on building in Birmingham was caused not by any action of the Ministry of Health but by local building resources.