§ Major PRESCOTT
asked the President of the Local Government Board if he will state the number of housing schemes submitted to the Local Government Board by local authorities during the past three months; whether the whole of these schemes have received the approval of his Department; and, if not, will he give the reasons for the delay?
§ Major ASTOR
Twenty-nine schemes for the building of houses were submitted to the Board for approval during the past three months; local authorities in the past have not been prepared to put forward definite proposals until the terms of financial assistance were finally settled. As a matter of fact a large amount of preliminary work has been done during the last year by local authorities, which is enabling them, now that the terms have been settled by the Circular of 6th February, to put forward schemes for approval with increasing rapidity. The whole of the twenty-nine schemes have not438W yet been approved, as some of them require amendment and are still the subject of consultation between the technical staff of the Department and the local authorities concerned.