HC Deb 18 June 1969 vol 785 cc634-5
Mr. MacColl

I beg to move Amendment No. 20, in page 5, line 38, leave out from beginning to end of line 40 and insert '2nd October 1961'.

The Bill as drafted provided that houses and dwellings built after 1944 are not eligible for standard grant unless there was a conversion before 3rd October, 1961. This was discussed in Committee. The Amendment substitutes for that date the day before 3rd October, 1961. The significance of this date is that it was from then onwards that there has been power under Section 33 of the Public Health Act, 1961, for local authorities to reject plans for new houses which did not provide for the installation of bathrooms with hot water supplies. My right hon. Friend thinks it necessary to draw a line, and this seems to be the most appropriate one.

Mr. Graham Page

I thank the Joint Parliamentary Secretary for moving the Amendment. It meets the difficulties, which we raised in Committee, of the complications in the Clause. All that is necessary is to date it back to 2nd October, 1961. This was what we urged in Committee, and I am glad that the Government have taken our advice.

Amendment agreed to.

Further consideration of the Bill, as amended, adjourned.—[Mr. Harper.]

Bill, as amended, to be further considered Tomorrow.

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