HC Deb 09 July 1919 vol 117 cc1844-5W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the great shortage of houses throughout the country; that many demobilised soldiers are unable to obtain decent accommodation for themselves, their wives, and families; that many of these men, together with their wives and families, have to live in one room; whether he is aware of the great number of disused camps and hutments throughout the country; whether, in view of the shortage of building material and suitable labour, there is great delay in the building of brick cottages or workmen's dwellings; whether he will consider the question of granting the use of these huts in camps near large towns for the occupation of demobilised men and their families or arrange that these hutments may be dismantled and the material used for erecting suitable cottages in convenient places, either directly through his Department or through the local authorities; and is he aware that in the Western States of America and Western Canada most of the dwellings are built of wood?


Arrangements have been made for the supply of building material through the Ministry of Munitions, and there is no ground for delay on that account. The problem of an adequate supply of labour may become difficult in the future, and inquiries are being made into the measures possible to meet this contingency. As I have already stated in reply to previous questions, I shall be prepared, where the need for immediate accommodation is urgent, to regard the provision of houses by the conversion of huts as part of a local housing scheme which will rank for financial assistance from the Government.