§ 25 Mr. Moss
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government (1) what progress is being made in the provision of houses for miners moving into the Warwickshire coal field; by what local authorities such houses are being provided; and in what numbers in each case;
(2) what local authorities have been consulted about building houses for miners moving into Warwickshire coal field; what local authorities refused to build such houses; and what reasons they gave for their refusal;
(3) what request was made to the National Coal Board to assist local authorities to build houses for miners moving into the Warwickshire coal field; and the extent of the asistance asked for and given.
§ The Minister of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Duncan Sandys)
The Councils of Nuneaton, Bedworth Urban 1222 District, Atherstone Rural District, Coventry, Tamworth Rural District and Meriden Rural District have been asked to provide houses for incoming miners. I understand that the first three have refused. Their objections were in part financial and in part based on the view that houses for incoming miners should be provided by the National Coal Board. The last three have agreed in principle to build 160, 100, and 50 houses respectively. The more detailed information asked for should be sought from the National Coal Board.