§ Mr. Eccles
asked the Minister of Health if he intends to introduce legislation to amend the Housing (Rural Workers) Acts.
§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Minister of Health when the Housing (Rural Workers) Amendment Bill will be reintroduced.
§ Mr. Keeling
asked the Minister of Health how the Government propose to encourage the reconditioning of rural houses.
§ Mr. A. Bevan
It is not proposed to re-introduce the Housing (Rural Workers) Amendment Bill in the immediate future, but further consideration will be given to the whole question when the shortage of skilled building labour is eased.830W
§ Mr. Tiffany
asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the advisability of setting up a commission on rural housing.
§ Mr. S. Shephard
asked the Minister of Agriculture how many of the houses recently built for agricultural workers are unoccupied because of the reluctance of such workers to pay the rent required; and what steps he proposes to overcome this difficulty.
§ Mr. T. Williams
Twenty-six of these houses, most of which have only recently been completed, were unoccupied at the end of last month. In only a few districts has there been any difficulty in finding agricultural workers who wished to become tenants.