HC Deb 07 August 1912 vol 41 cc3192-3W

asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that the Board of Works have refused to grant loans for the building of cowsheds, unless the same are put up according to the plans of the Local Government Board; and, in view of the expensive and unnecessary details which the latter body insist on and which, in nearly all cases, are uncalled for and not desired by small farmers, will instructions be issued to grant loans on the old system and have the buildings erected according to the plans of the applicants, but subject to the sanction of the Board's inspector?


I understand that cowsheds are required to conform with the Regulations contained in the Local Government Board Order of 13th February, 1903, with regard to ventilation, lighting, cubic capacity, water supply and sanitation, but that the hon. Member is under a misapprehension in thinking that any plans have been issued by the Local Government Board or that, subject to the above limitation, applicants are not at liberty to propose any plan which suits their own requirements. The Board of Works are not prepared to modify their practice in this respect.