HC Deb 18 January 1940 vol 356 cc265-6W
Mr. Jenkins

asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to grant permission to local authorities to resume the building of dwelling-houses in areas where there is a shortage of houses, overcrowding or slum dwellings?

Mr. Leslie

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the great number of building trades operatives at present unemployed, he will advise local authorities to proceed with housing schemes, especially those connected with slum clearances already passed by his Department?

Mr. V. Adams

asked the Minister of Health to what extent it is proposed to continue existing building contracts to supply new houses instead of slums and to diminish overcrowding?

Mr. Elliot

I am prepared to give sympathetic consideration to proposals for the provision of a certain number of houses urgently required, in particular, houses for the accommodation of workers in the factory and on the land. Having regard to the shortage of certain building materials and to the financial position, however, I am not in a position to modify the general advice which I gave to local authorities in Circular 1866.

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