HC Deb 15 December 1938 vol 342 cc2200-1W
Mr. McEntee

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the increase in the number of building trade workers who are now unemployed, he will take steps to expedite the building of houses for the working class where schemes for such building are in course of preparation; and will he take steps to compel local authorities in whose area there is a known shortage of houses and where no schemes for building to meet the shortage has been prepared, at once to prepare and submit such schemes for his approval?

Mr. Elliot

I think that local authorities are, generally speaking, fulfilling their duties under the Housing Acts with energy and efficiency. The number of houses now being completed by them month by month is higher than for many years. If the hon. Member has any particular case in mind I shall be glad to make inquiries.