HC Deb 06 March 1924 vol 170 cc1642-3W

asked the Minister of Health what is the lowest rent that has been approved for A and B type of houses, respectively; and what the annual deficit has been estimated to be in each of the type houses to which such rents apply?


The lowest rents approved for houses included in assisted housing schemes are 3s. 3d. per week for A type (living room and three bedrooms) and 4s. 3d. per week for B type houses (parlour, living room and three bedrooms). These houses are situated in a remote rural district, and their cost is estimated at £800 and £900 respectively. Assuming that the local authority can meet the cost of management and repairs by appropriation of one-quarter of the rent (about £2 10s. per annum), the total annual deficit on each house will be £46 and £50 per annum respectively.

Number of Houses.
Completed. Under construction. In contracts or certified by local authorities but not yet commenced.
1. Local Authorities 2,511 7,400 8,776
2. Private Enterprise 1,729 9,521 21,794
3. Societies, Companies and Trustees acting under Section 3 of the Act. 440 1,005 2,054

Information is not available as to the number of these houses which have been or are under contract for sale to owner-occupiers and those which are available for letting, but it can be taken that the majority of the houses under headings 1 and 3 will be available for letting.