HC Deb 09 June 1953 vol 516 cc4-5
10. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is now in a position to raise the limit of 1.000 square feet over which special licences have to be granted for those wishing to build houses.

Mr. H. Macmillan

The present arrangements only began on 1st January and I think it would be wise to see how they work out before deciding whether any change is needed.

Sir I. Fraser

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that any modest increase which he either authorised or encouraged, so far as it led to people building their own houses, would be a good general contribution to the well being of all who want houses?

Mr. Macmillan

Yes, Sir, but I have confidence that the local authorities will operate this scheme in a sensible way. For instance, in the first quarter of this year 65 per cent. of the licences issued were for houses up to 1,000 square feet and 35 per cent. for houses between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet.