§ Mr. Hopkin
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are 16,706 overcrowded houses in Wales; will he say how many councils from Wales have submitted plans for building the necessary new houses; whether he is aware of the financial difficulties which confront the rural areas of Wales in providing houses for the agricultural population; and whether he will indicate to these rural authorities what financial assistance will be provided by the Government?1385W
§ Sir K. Wood
The overcrowding survey showed that there were 21,794 overcrowded dwellings in Wales, of which 16,706 were in the administrative counties. Special rates of financial assistance are available for the provision of houses for the agricultural population in areas with limited financial resources. The local authorities are, I believe, well aware of the position, but I shall be ready to communicate with any particular authority if the hon. Member will inform me of any case he has in mind.