§ 33. Mr. Keeling
asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to secure that before licences are given for the erection of houses by private persons the proposed elevations and materials shall be subject to architectural advice and approval.
§ 35. Mr. Derek Walker-Smith
asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to make it a condition of the issue of licences for private buildings that the houses shall conform to the standards and requirements of the Housebuilders Registration Council.
§ Mr. Keeling
Is the Minister aware that if something much more effective than that is not done we shall have the same degradation of both town and country that occurred in the 100 years before the war as a result of Tory, Liberal and Labour misrule and bad taste? Why does not the Minister use the powers which 2351 he has, under Section 14 (3, c) of the last Town and Country Planning Act, to require local planning authorities to consult architectural opinion?
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
Would the right hon. Gentleman say specifically whether these houses will have to conform to the standard specification referred to in my Question, which involves the giving of a certificate to that effect?
§ Mr. Bevan
It is not intended to do that at the moment. As the hon. Gentleman knows, I have given every encouragement to the Housebuilders' Registration Council—rather more than was given in the past, I think. This is a matter for some discipline by the builders themselves, and by the local authorities, but if there are likely to be abuses I will certainly take action to prevent them.
§ Mr. Driberg
When my right hon. Friend says that local authorities have power to require "good standards of construction and amenities," can he say whether "amenities" in that context includes decent design or merely refers to baths, h. and c., and so on?
§ Mr. Henry Strauss
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that his colleague the Minister of Town and Country Planning has ample powers of supervision and control of external appearance and design?