§ Major Lyons
asked the Minister of Health whether he can give figures showing to date the progress made by local authorities in the repair of enemy-damaged houses and flats and the aggregate cost thereof; and whether he is satisfied with the speed of progress made in this direction.1589W
§ Mr. Willink
Up to 31st January more than 2,750,000 houses had been given first-aid repairs and 1,250,000 of these had received more extended repairs. The cost of these repairs cannot be stated, as it will be some time before all the claims for reimbursement of expenditure are received. Claims from local authorities amounting to £60,000,000 have, however, been certified by my Department to date, and passed to the War Damage Commission. I regard the progress made by local authorities in this work as most satisfactory.