HC Deb 29 March 1960 vol 620 cc103-4W
Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what increase there has been during the last twelve months in the number of improvement grants made in England and Wales, respectively; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. H. Brooke

The number of houses and flats improved with the help of grants increased in 1959 by 43,000 in England and nearly 2,000 in Wales. In all, private owners and local authorities with the help of grants undertook improvements to nearly 80,000 dwellings. This upsurge in house improvements is some measure of the success of the House Purchase and Housing Act, 1959, but I am not yet satisfied. I hope for a further increase.

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