HC Deb 23 March 1950 vol 472 c2145
2. Mr. Black

asked the Minister of Health if he will give an estimate of how many new houses would need to be built to enable every family in Great Britain to have a separate house; and how long the building of such new houses would take at the present rate of progress.

Mr. Bevan

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 9th March to questions by the hon. Member for Tynemouth (Miss Irene Ward) and other hon. Members.

Miss Irene Ward

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he did not give any answer on that occasion?

Mr. Bevan

It is quite clear that it would only be possible to answer a question upon these lines if a house to house survey were made of the whole country.

Mrs. Jean Mann

Does not my right hon. Friend agree that it would not be possible, even on a house to house survey, to get an accurate estimate without knowing how many young men intend to propose to how many young women in the next week or the next month? Any forecast would be completely inadequate.

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