§ Dr. Stross
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many local authorities have notified him that fires have at times broken out in British Iron and Steel Federation houses; and whether he will now allow the cost of the needed alterations to rank for grant.
§ Mr. Sandys
Thirty-seven local authorities have reported that fires have occurred in such houses over the last nine years. It is normal for local authorities to take full responsibility, financial and otherwise, for dealing with defects arising in their houses. I see no reason for making an exception here.