HC Deb 14 February 1922 vol 150 c837W
14. Mr. C. WHITE

asked the Minister of Health whether he will explain the action of his Department in issuing certificates A and B to certain persons in respect of bungalows built by them in the Bakewell rural district, notwithstanding the local authorities' refusal to issue such certificates and their expressed opinion that certificates ought not to be issued in respect of converted Army huts, they believing that it was not the intention of the Legislature to give grants from the public purse towards such class of building, erected in many instances as weekend houses only and by people in good circumstances; and whether, under the circumstances, he will cause the matter to be further investigated?


I have already had this matter investigated. The scheme under which subsidies were granted to private persons specifically provided that timber houses built according to a standard specification shall be eligible for grants on a reduced scale. The representations made by the district council in respect of certain houses have been carefully considered and the houses have been inspected and found to comply with the regulations, and certificates have been issued accordingly. As the hon. Member is no doubt aware, this scheme is being brought to an end and subsidies are payable only in respect of houses begun before 25th August last.