HC Deb 24 July 1951 vol 491 c41W
109. Mr. Digby

asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning whether, having regard to the fact that there are many small local building firms not equipped to undertake new housing contracts, but which are well-qualified to undertake the reconditioning of existing buildings, he will consider abolishing the £600 maximum and the need for licensing work for which a local authority has approved an improvement grant.

Mr. Lindgren

No. The retention of local quotas for licensing is essential to best use of national building resources, but my right hon. Friend is prepared to consider exceptionally an application from a local authority even though the estimated cost of the works exceeds £600. To increase the £600 maximum would require legislation. My right hon. Friend has repeatedly stated that he is prepared to consider allocations to particular local authorities in the light of their performance.