HC Deb 29 June 1950 vol 476 cc247-8W
89. Mr. Baldwin

asked the Minister of Education why he has issued instructions to county community councils that no further grants towards the erection of village halls will be granted at present; and whether he is aware that this decision is causing concern in the countryside where many schemes are in an advanced stage and preliminary expenses have been incurred.

90. Mr. Wills

asked the Minister of Education why he has ceased to make grants towards the building of village halls; whether he is aware of the hardship this is causing to village communities; and whether he will reconsider his decision.

Mr. Tomlinson

Restrictions on building village halls and similar institutions were necessary because of the limited resources available. I am aware of the concern in the countryside and will be glad to ease the position as soon as I possibly can.