HC Deb 25 July 1946 vol 426 cc38-9W
88. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Health how many Airey rural houses have been applied for by the rural district councils; and whether it was his intention to allocate the whole of the first 20,000 through those councils.

Mr. Bevan

Over 9,000 Airey rural houses have now been applied for by rural district councils. I should like, however, to take this opportunity of emphasising that an application by a local authority for these prefabricated houses cannot be taken as a firm order until the particulars asked for in the enclosure to Circular 86/46, of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy, have been supplied; and the number of firm orders is at present less than 3,000. I am urging the councils concerned to supply the necessary particulars, and any assistance my hon. Friend can give me will be welcome. I hope that most of the 20,000 Airey rural houses for which components are being produced will be allocated to rural district councils; but if the response of these authorities is inadequate or belated, it will be necessary to offer these houses to urban areas.

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