§ 61. Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle
asked the Minister of Health what representations he has received from local authorities as to the effect of increased costs of labour and building materials on the provision of working-class dwellings; and whether he proposes to secure, in view of these conditions, that rents of working-class accommodation are not increased beyond the capacity of payment on the part of those for whom the accommodation is provided?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)
My right hon. Friend has received no official representations of this character. But the point to which my hon. Friend refers in the last part of the question, and the 29 importance of which my right hon. Friend fully recognises, is receiving his constant consideration.
§ Mr. T. Johnston
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland has publicly declared that contracts now being entered into by local authorities cannot be started for 18 months because of the increased cost of materials and the shortage of labour?
§ Mr. Bernays
Of course, I cannot answer for my hon. Friend, but I understand the position is different in Scotland.
§ Mr. A. Henderson
Will the hon. Gentleman also remember that in the county of Staffordshire houses that were let at 7s. a week are now being let at 14s. a week?