§ Mr. W. R. Duckworth
asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the prejudicial effect of the war on all housing activities and the intensified demand for accommodation, he will consider the temporary suspension of Section 155 (3) of the Housing Act, 1936, which prevents the letting of empty houses which are the subject of a demolition order?
§ Mr. Elliot
I recently advised local authorities that their action under clearance and individual demolition orders should stop short of demolition. I am keeping the housing position generally under close observation in view of the quantities of building materials 2123W available, and although I am not at present satisfied that the course suggested by my hon. Friend is necessary, I will bear it in mind.