§ Mr. BOWERMAN
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that, after being approved by the Commissioners, the housing scheme for the Chipping Sodbury district of Gloucestershire is being delayed by the reconstruction of committees and references to the parish councils as to approval 651W for selection of sites, etc.; and whether, in view of the great urgency of the scheme for the Stoke Gifford area, inasmuch as a great number of men have to travel several miles a day to get to and from their work, he will urge the Chipping Sodbury Rural District Council to put the work in hand without further delay?
§ Dr. ADDISON
The Housing Commissioner has been in communication with the Chipping Sodbury Rural District Council in the last few days, and one of his technical staff visited Stoke Gifford on Friday last. It is hoped that the scheme for this parish will be proceeded with without delay.
§ Sir R. A. LISTER
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether the Board have refused to sanction the purchase by the Stroud Rural District Council of three pieces of land in their district for the purpose of housing the working classes at a price to be fixed by a leading firm of valuers in Gloucestershire, although the council consider the sites the most suitable that are procurable; and whether, in view of the expressed desire of the Government to urge forward housing schemes with the utmost possible dispatch, he will now sanction the scheme referred to?
§ Dr. ADDISON
The Local Government Board have not refused to sanction the purchase of three sites by the Stroud Rural District Council, but they have suggested that they should consult the superintendent valuer for the district and obtain valuation of the sites from him.