§ Mr. E. SIMON
asked the Minister of Health how many working-class houses were completed by private enterprise during the six months ending 31st March last; and what proportion of them were subsidy houses?
§ Mr. WHEATLEY
According to returns obtained from local authorities in England and Wales as to building by private enterprise without assistance, from public funds, it is estimated that over 28,000 houses of not more than £26 rateable value in the provinces, and £35 in the Metropolitan police districts, were completed during the six months ending March last. During the same period, 4,158 houses were also completed by private enterprise with State assistance I under the Housing, Etc., Act, 1923. Some 1713W of the houses provided by private enterprise without assistance are no doubt larger than those built under the Act, and most of them were built for sale.