HC Deb 22 October 1919 vol 120 c44W

asked the Minister of Health whether the housing scheme of the Sheffield Corporation provides for the erection of 15,000 houses; whether he is aware that a penny rate produces only £8,000 to £9,000, or sufficient to build ten or eleven of these houses; and, if so,. whether the cost of erection of the 14,989 houses will fall on the taxpayers of the country?


The penny rate to be raised annually by the city of Sheffield for housing purposes should be set against the annual loss on their housing scheme, and not against the capital cost of the houses, and the suggestion in the question is not, therefore, in accordance with the facts. It is the case that the annual loss in excess of the produce of a penny rate in respect of housing schemes carried out within three years from the passing of the Housing Act will fall upon the Exchequer.

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