HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1635-6W
Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Health what is the general practice of principal local authorities in the country at the present time as to placing the majority of the responsibility for their housing upon their architects' department; and whether any advice on this subject has recently been issued by him.

Mr. Bevan

The arrangements made by local authorities for carrying out their responsibilities under the Housing Acts in this respect vary widely and are for them to determine. Advice as to the employment of architects for new housing Braintree Rural District Councils, the Witham Urban District Council and the Burnham-on-Crouch. Urban District Council, respectively; the numbers of permanent and of temporary houses approved or allocated; and the numbers of houses now being built and to be built in each of the next five years by each of these local authorities.

Mr. Bevan

I append a statement. With regard to the final figure asked for in the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to my statement in the Debate on 17th October.

schemes is given in Housing Manual, 1944 (paragraphs 10 and 11).