§ Major PRESCOTT
asked the President of the Local Government Board (1) if he will state the character and extent of the housing schemes proposed to be carried out by his Department or county authorities at an early date; whether each householder will be provided with an adequate plot of ground for cultivation; and if the plans of the larger schemes contemplated by the Government will be available for the inspection of Members of the House; and (2) if he will state the intentions of his Department with regard to the desirability of limiting at the earliest possible date the further erection of working-class dwellings to twelve houses to the acre in thickly-populated towns, pending the carrying out of the proposed Government housing schemes and those contemplated by county and local authorities and public utility societies, in order to avoid further congested areas?
§ Major ASTOR
It is not the intention that the Government should itself undertake the building of houses, save in exceptional circumstances. In regard to schemes of local authorities and public utilitysocieties, the Local Government Board will as a general rule expect that a standard shall be attained of not more than twelve houses to the acre in urban areas and not more than eight houses to the acre in rural areas.