§ 16. Mr. HERBERT WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Health if he can furnish an estimate of the additional number of houses that will be required in the next five years or 10 years, respectively, to meet the probable increase in the population, and the change in the age distribution of the population over these periods?
Sir H. YOUNG
Owing to uncertainties in the basis of such an estimate in such matters as standards of accommodation, number of effective families, and possible limits of area of residence, it is not possible to arrive at a trustworthy arithmetical estimate of the sort required by my hon. Friend.
§ Mr. WILLIAMS
Having regard to the fact that all the housing estimates so far made have been invalidated by the change in the age distribution of the population, will the right hon. Gentleman see if some kind of estimates cannot be made?
Sir H. YOUNG
I can assure my hon. Friend that this is a matter of constant inquiries, with a view to obtaining, if not an arithmetical estimate, a clear idea.
§ Mr. MOLSON
In connection with any new proposals for housing that are put forward by the local authorities, does the 1369 right hon. Gentleman's Department consider whether there has been an actual decrease or increase of population in that area?