§ 22. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that licence was given by the Cardiff Rural District Council for a new wing to be added to a large house in Lisvane, although two people only are housed in this property, and that the same council granted per mission for the building of stables for four riding horses; and, whether he will take action to prevent this misuse of man power and materials until the housing shortage has been solved.
§ Mr. Bevan
I have made inquiries of the Cardiff Rural District Council, and it would appear that the first part of the 2438 Question relates to a licence which was granted by the council on 10th October, 1949, to enable a small additional family unit of accommodation to be provided for an aged mother and invalid sister. As regards the second part of the Question, the council state that no such building work has been licensed by them.
§ 25. Brigadier Rayner
asked the Minister of Health whether he will now grant licences outside the local authority quota of private enterprise licences for the rebuilding of houses burnt down since the end of the war.
33. Brigadier Clarke
asked the Minister of Health if he will give licences to private individuals to build houses in their spare time as a co-operative nonprofit making scheme.
Will the Minister support this suggestion? I have not seen the answers to which he refers me, but will he agree that this is an excellent way of getting extra houses built for the same labour?
§ 40. Sir Waldron Smithers
asked the Minister of Health if, in view of the fact that the Rural District Council of Dart-ford have at least 856 families on their housing waiting list, and that local builders have men and building material which is not being used, he will allow that council complete freedom to issue licences for houses up to about £1,400 per house.
§ Sir W. Smithers
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that similar conditions to those mentioned in the Question prevail in the area of the Orpington Urban District Council and that, owing to his policy there are many family tragedies? Why is he deliberately stopping the building of houses when men and materials are available?
§ 43. Mr. Bevins
asked the Minister of Health if he will state, in the case of Liverpool, the total number of houses for which he will approve tenders or for which the council may issue licences during the current year.
§ Mr. Bevins
How does the Minister reconcile that answer with his recent statement that the figure of 1,770 was totally inaccurate? Secondly, may we take it that if Liverpool makes an application for a new allocation it will be sympathetically considered?
§ Mr. Bevins
That is a complete evasion. My question was whether, if Liverpool applies to the Minister for a further allocation, the application will be sympathetically considered?
§ 74. Mr. Arbuthnot
asked the Minister of Health the reason for his requirement that local authorities should not be given the power to transfer building licences if they find that the person to whom they have been granted has failed to exercise them within a reasonable time; and whether he will withdraw this prohibition.