§ Mr. R. GWYNNE
asked the Minister of Health whether instructions have recently been issued by his Department to the district valuers that, in the event of their being instructed by housing committees of 493W local authorities to negotiate for the purchase of land for housing schemes, such negotiations must be carried out without further reference to the committees and must be left entirely at the discretion of the district valuers to settle the price; and will he state the reason of these instructions, seeing that the committees are placed in a very unsatisfactory position?
§ Dr. ADDISON
No, Sir; no such instructions have been issued. Arrangements have been made under which district valuers will negotiate on behalf of local authorities at their request, and the result of the negotiations will be reported by the valuer to the authority.