HC Deb 25 March 1948 vol 448 cc3322-3
18. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of Health, why his Department has rejected the plan to convert a building on Wood Green, Witney, Oxon, into a block of sixteen flats, when all local authorities had given full support to the scheme.

Mr. Bevan

The cost in labour and materials is much too great, having regard to the accommodation that would result. No official notification has been received that the local authorities support the scheme.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Will the Minister, then, take the trouble to find out that this scheme has, in fact, been supported by the local authorities of Witney and Reading, and his Department in London knew the circumstances? Is it not a case where the best use of the labour and the workers and the results achieved should be left to the local authorities?

Mr. Bevan

If the local authorities had supported the scheme that would be another matter. So far as my information is concerned, the hon. Member's statement that the local authority supported the scheme is incorrect.