Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.
Major James Despencer Robertson (Salisbury)
asked the Minister of Health whether he considers that he will be in a position to sanction modifications of the model building by-laws issued by his Department, in connection with the Public Health Act, 1936, before 31st July, when all other building by-laws will cease to have effect, or will he allow existing by-laws to remain in force until he has arrived at a decision on such modifications?
Mr Robert Bernays (Bristol North)
Building by-laws already submitted are being considered with all possible expedition and my right hon. Friend has urged all local authorities who have not yet submitted such by-laws, to do so at the earliest possible moment; but he has found it necessary to indicate that, owing to the shortness of time available, he cannot now undertake to examine any proposals for new by-laws which involve modifications of the model series unless these suggestions are of a minor character and are fully justified by local circumstances. My right hon. Friend is not at present in a position to say what steps it may be necessary or desirable to take under powers available to him in relation to any areas where, for any reason, new by-laws may not have been submitted and confirmed by 31st July next.