HC Deb 05 February 1948 vol 446 cc310-1W
86. Mrs. Middleton

asked the Minister of Health between what limits rentals for new houses and of prefabricated bungalows erected in rural areas are likely to be fixed; and what steps he proposes to take in order to ensure that rentals are not greater than agricultural workers can reasonably afford.

Mr. Bevan

I would refer my hon. Friend to Section 85 (5) of the Housing Act, 1936, and to paragraph 33 of the Memorandum on Temporary Accommodation of which I am sending her a copy. Special subsidy is payable to local authorities in respect of houses for the agricultural population.

89. Mr. Piratin

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the high rents charged for the Airey house, which is preventing agricultural labourers from occupying them; and whether he will consider making a special grant to rural districts to enable the councils to bring the rents of the Airey house more into line with the rents now being paid by agricultural labourers.

Mr. Bevan

A special grant is already paid under the Housing (Financial and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1946.

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