§ Mr. Doland
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works if he will define the conditions governing essentiality in relation to the repair of Damaģed houses and premises.
§ Mr. Hicks
It is for the local authority, in the light of the housing conditions in its area, to decide whether or not repairs to houses are necessary to avoid danger to health or to prevent serious deterioration of the structure, and, where licences are required, to recommend accordingly. As regards premises other than houses, the work must be essential for the defence of the realm or for the efficient prosecution of the war or essential to the life of the community. On these matters the Ministry of Works, in the issue of licences, is advised by the Government Department concerned.