HC Deb 23 February 1926 vol 192 cc333-4W

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that large numbers of houses are being erected at Dunscroft, near Doncaster, by the Industrial Housing Association, and that the houses are tenanted long before any roads are made and, because they are impassable, many children are obliged to remain away from school; and will he cause some inquiries to be made and insist upon suitable roads before guaranteeing subsidy in future schemes?


I am not aware that houses are being erected at Dunscroft by the Industrial Housing Association. It is assumed that the hon. Member refers to houses which are being erected by the Hatfield Main Colliery Company and in respect of which the local authority have paid grants under Section 2 of the Housing, etc., Act, 1923; I am not aware of the conditions described by the hon. Member; the payment of subsidy is a matter for the local authority with whom it rests to determine when houses have been completed fit for occupation. Having regard to the acute need for houses, I do not think I could properly take action which would prevent the occupation of houses at the earliest possible moment after the local authority have certified them as completed fit for occupation.