§ Mr. R. YOUNG
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the local authority of Silverdale are not taking advantage of the Housing Act to encourage the building of houses; that a local builder, desirous of building several houses, is unable to get any satisfaction from the authority regarding the payment of the subsidy; that the Department, having written to the local authority on the matter, the clerk suggested that a reply be sent intimating that the letter would be referred to the housing committee; and that thereupon one of the members of the authority pointed out that the housing committee never met; and whether he will make urgent representations to the authority in question as to the need for putting the Housing Act into operation?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
The administration of the Housing, etc., Act,556W 1923, for the Parish of Silverdale is in the hands of the rural district council. Although I have not yet received any actual scheme for the assistance of private builders, I understand from a letter received from the council on the 10th instant that the housing committee will meet shortly to consider the question. I am communicating again with the council with a view to expediting the matter.