HC Deb 22 June 1954 vol 529 cc232-3
49. Mr. Hastings

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware that houses are now being built with three bedrooms, not one of which has a fireplace, ventilating brick or other means of permanent ventilation; and what considerations induced him to sanction the necessary change in bye-laws.

Mr. Marples

Yes, Sir. It is now considered that adequate windows and a door are sufficient.

Mr. Hastings

Is the Minister aware that, with doors and windows closed, and with no chimney or ventilator of any sort in a room, there is considerable danger if two or three people are sleeping there?

Mr. Marples

In many cases the householder stops up the air brick and whatever advantages there are are lost This recommendation was based upon the advice of the majority of the Advisory Committee on Building Byelaws, which included a member of the Royal Sanitary Institute.