HC Deb 16 February 1944 vol 397 cc187-8W
Mr. W. Robinson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works whether he is aware that meetings of local authorities were held in London under the auspices of the National War Emergency Council in 1941, at which it was agreed that prefabrication would provide a means of rehousing and that a sectional bungalow could be erected in five days, stored at key points throughout the country and made available after raids, but that since that time efforts to establish the value of these prefabricated houses have been consistently opposed by people who are advocating prefabrication as a solution to our post-war problems; and what action is he taking to prevent any delay in the housing programme.

Mr. Hicks

I am aware that certain meetings of the body named were held in 1941, but I have no knowledge of the circumstances under which subsequent efforts to establish the value of the particular prefabricated houses referred to are said to have been unsuccessful. I can assure the hon. Member that the fullest assistance is given by the Ministry of Works to the development of house building technique, including prefabrication in all its aspects. My Noble Friend has recently, in another place, made a full statement on the steps being taken to prevent delay in the housing programme.