HC Deb 18 May 1936 vol 312 cc850-1W

asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the advisability of ascertaining how many cottages of historical interest are being destroyed each month under various demolition orders of local authorities, although in many cases financial offers have been made to acquire these houses for preservation; and will he consider the introduction of legislation to revise the existing Housing Acts, so that a grant will be available towards the cost of a new dwelling-house without of necessity requiring the demolition of an ancient building which is condemned for habitation?


I have no information to suggest that cottages of historical interest are being destroyed in the circumstances indicated by my hon. and gallant Friend. I should be glad to receive particulars of any such case which may be within his knowledge. The Exchequer contribution under the Housing Act, 1930, is already payable in respect of accommodation rendered necessary by the acceptance of undertakings from owners under Section 19 of the Act that unfit property shall not be used for human habitation until it has been rendered fit for the purpose and is not in such cases contingent upon the demolition of the property.