asked the Minister of Health whether he is proposing to take over empty houses in country districts, as in the case of towns, to provide extra housing accommodation during the coming winter?
§ Major ASTOR
It is contemplated that schemes submitted under Section 12 of the new Housing Act for the acquisition of houses with a view to providing extra accommodation, will be carried out through the medium of or in conjunction with local authorities. The powers conferred by this Section apply to local authorities in rural as well as in urban districts, and my right hon. Friend will be ready to consider any proposals submitted by a rural district council for the exercise of their powers under this Section.