§ Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities have submitted their interregnum, two-year programme of houses, temporary and permanent; and how many of these schemes have so far been approved.
§ Mr. Willink
One thousand four hundred and forty-five out of 1,469 local housing authorities in England and Wales have submitted short-term programmes, covering over 260,000 permanent houses. I746W am not yet in a position to give formal approval to any of these programmes, as the number of houses which can be built in the first two years must depend on the labour and materials available. Over 90,000 temporary houses have been allocated to 395 local authorities.
Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Minister of Health the number of local authorities in the county of Durham, up to date, that have submitted housing schemes for the post-war period; the number of houses asked for; the amount of land purchased for building purposes; the number of schemes submitted and rejected; and the number of houses required to meet the needs of the county.
§ Mr. Willink
All the 40 local housing authorities in Durham have submitted programmes for the immediate post-war period, comprising 19,086 permanent houses. The authorities already own 1,436 acres, and have so far submitted proposals for the purchase of a further 497 acres. In no case has a proposal by a local authority to build houses in the post-war period been rejected. No precise figure is available for the county's ultimate housing need, but it will be substantially greater than the immediate need for which the short-term programme of 19,086 houses provides.