HC Deb 27 February 1951 vol 484 cc1905-6
42. Mr. Leather

asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning why he has refused permission to the urban district council of Portishead to erect three houses extra to their programme when all equipment, labour, etc., for these three houses is available in the district.

The Minister of Local Government and Planning (Mr. Dalton)

I am prepared to reconsider this matter if the Portishead Council can satisfy me that three additional houses can be built with the available building labour and materials.

Mr. Leather

Is the Minister aware that the Portishead Council have already told his Department that they are entirely satisfied?

Mr. Dalton

Yes, Sir, but I am not myself entirely satisfied. I am prepared and anxious to see in every area building to the limit of the available labour and materials, and if Portishead can show me that they can do better they shall have their licence.

Sir H. Williams

Would it not be better to let them try first?

Mr. Vane

Does the right hon. Gentleman's reply mean that every local authority can build three more houses if they show—

Mr. Speaker

This deals with Portishead only.

Mr. Leather

In what way does the Minister want further proof? We have already given it to him on paper. What more can we do to convince him?

Mr. Dalton

Perhaps the hon. Member had better come and have a talk with me.

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