HC Deb 16 May 1950 vol 475 c1007
65. Mr. Vosper

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the amount of £451,000,000, allocated in the Economic Survey for investment in housing for the current year, will cover the increase necessary as a result of the restoration of the cuts in housing.

Sir S. Cripps

It is expected that the restoration of the cuts in housing will cause some additional expenditure in the current year.

Mr. Vosper

Will this mean an increase in the total capital investment for the current year, or will a compensating reduction be made elsewhere?

Sir S. Cripps

It will mean an increase in the total, but probably by a comparatively small amount.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

Cannot the Chancellor give an estimate of what that amount will be? He must have had some idea before he made that statement.

Sir S. Cripps

It is very difficult to know how quickly the local authorities will get on with the re-starting of the programme. It is not possible to make any accurate estimate within this year.

Mr. Nicholson

The Chancellor made a statement about this in his Budget speech. Is he so vague about these matters that he cannot give us even a rough estimate?

Sir S. Cripps

It has nothing to do with the balancing of the Budget; it is a question of the investment programme.