Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to obtain powers to prohibit the erection of luxury 496W buildings and to give the construction of ordinary domestic dwellings priority over other buildings until the present shortage of houses is less acute?
§ Mr. J. DAVISON
asked the Minister of Health why plans are approved for the erection of picture palaces whilst there is an acknowledged shortage of labour and materials for the erection of dwelling-houses; whether the labour and materials employed on the former could be utilised to greater national advantage on the latter; and what steps he intends to take for dealing with this matter?
§ Dr. ADDISON
The question whether powers should be taken to prohibit or restrict the erection of luxury buildings is receiving careful consideration, and I hope to be able to make a further statement at an early date.