HC Deb 13 May 1948 vol 450 cc230-1W
21. Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Health whether it is his intention to arrange, by counties, a re-housing survey in order that a review may be made by a competent architect of such dwellings as have been put in Category 5 under the Housing Acts; and whether he is satisfied that an inspector of his Department and a surveyor who is not a qualified architect are competent to decide whether houses are capable of re-modelling in order to meet the present shortage of housing accommodation in rural areas.

Mr. Bevan

County surveys are proceeding as rapidly as the available staffs allow. I agree that the classification of houses unfit for habitation and beyond repair at reasonable expense should be reviewed by a qualified person. In cases of dispute, a local inquiry is held by one of my inspectors who is invariably a qualified architect.