HC Deb 05 March 1923 vol 161 cc65-6W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department, as representing the Ministry of Health, what has been the total expenditure from the rates, including loans, and from the taxes, respectively, on housing in the years 1920, 1921 and 1922?


The estimated contributions towards the annual loss on assisted housing schemes of local authorities and public utility societies from rates and taxes respectively in England and Wales, together with expenses of administration of Central Departments, in the years ended or end- ing on 31st March, 1921, 1922 and 1923, are as follow:

1920–21. 1921–22. 1922–23.
£ £ £
Rates 500,000 750,000 800,000
Taxes 950,000 5,070,000 7,770,000

The total loan expenditure by local authorities on these schemes during the whole period is estimated at £185,000,000. In addition, the operations of the Department of Building Materials Supply, including liquidation of contracts, have involved net charges upon the Votes of the Ministry of Health estimated at about £800,000 for the period ending 31st March, 1923. Payments have also been made from the Exchequer to persons erecting houses under the provisions of Section 1 of the Housing (Additional Powers) Act (commonly called the Private Builders' Grant) during the three years as follow:

1920–21. 1921–22. 1922–23.
£2,528,552 £4,537,884 £2,450,000