HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 cc620-1W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider amending the Housing Act, 1936, Section so as to permit cottages being repaired if a definite offer is made after a demolition order has been approved by the local authority, provided the local authority is satisfied that the houses will be restored or suitable alternative accommodation offered elsewhere, or whether he will in some other way take steps that will enable public-spirited persons or societies to acquire cottages of interest and architectural merit even if a demolition order has been issued?

Mr. Elliot

I recently requested the Central Housing Advisory Committee to consider this question. They did not recommend any change in the law in view of the necessity for finality, but have made various suggestions for changes in the administrative procedure to ensure that the possibilities of reconditioning are fully explored before a demolition order becomes operative. I hope shortly to issue to local authorities a circular on the subject and I will send a copy of it to my hon. and gallant Friend.