HC Deb 22 March 1923 vol 161 c2795W

asked: the Minister of Health whether, in view of the diminishing number of vacant spaces immediately in or about London, he will consider the desirability, in at least a percentage of cases, of recommending to local authorities engaged on housing work to consider the erection of block flats instead of small houses, since such a policy would probably place cheaper accommodation at the service of the working-class and also enable them to live nearer their work?


A number of such dwellings have been provided in London under the former assisted scheme, and the new grant to local authorities will be available for dwellings of this type. I understand that the London County Council are contemplating the erection of further tenement buildings. I would point out, however, that dwellings of this kind have always been more expensive to build than cottages.