§ Mr. RUNC1MAN
I would refer my hon. Friend to the report of my speech in this House on Friday last, when I dealt with all the points raised in this question.
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture if his advisers have decided what would be a fair economic rent of a cottage in a rural district which cost £200 to provide; and what is the weekly wage which would suffice to enable a labourer to pay such economic rent?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
About four shillings a week would ordinarily be a fair economic rent for a cottage costing £200 to provide, but I hope that in many parts of the country it will be found possible to build satisfactory cottages at a lower cost. The answer to the last part of the question must depend upon a variety of circumstances, especially upon the amount of time which the labourer has free for the profitable cultivation of his garden.