HC Deb 18 March 1948 vol 448 c2288
71. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Health on what grounds his Department found the wooden houses which were exhibited at the export exhibition at Munich in autumn 1947 unsuitable, of which particulars were sent him by the President of the Board of Trade whose representative visited this exhibition.

Mr. Bevan

From the details available it appeared that these houses did not meet the standards required for permanent houses in this country.

Mr. Vane

Is the right hon. Gentleman convinced that these houses could not be changed to bring them up to the required standard; and, further, is he not aware that they are a great deal better than many of the temporary houses which are being built in this country, and that they would help the housing situation?

Mr. Bevan

The programme of temporary houses in this country has now come to an end. They are better than many permanent houses in many ether countries in the world. I challenge comparison.

Mr. Teeling

Is it not true that it would be necessary to pay for these houses with dollars, as they come from Bavaria?

Mr. Bevan

That is another question.