§ Mr. HURD
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the definition of an agricultural parish in the Housing Act of 1924 excludes many agricultural parishes, as, for instance, in the home counties, from the encouragement which the Act was supposed to give to house building in such areas; and what steps he proposes to take to give effect to the intentions of Parliament?
§ Sir K. WOOD
The Clause defining agricultural parishes was debated at considerable length during the passage of the 1924 Housing Bill, and Amendments were made which had the effect of considerably widening the scope of the Clause as originally drafted. My right hon. Friend does not think it could be said, therefore, that the Section does not carry out the intentions of Parliament, and he is afraid he cannot at present contemplate introducing further legislation on the subject.