Orders of the Day — Ministry of Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 8th December 1920.

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Photo of Mr John Lorden Mr John Lorden , St Pancras North

I am glad to have that disclaimer, but it does not do away with what the hon. and gallant Gentleman said. I happen to know something about building, and when I come to the House I submit I am entitled to use that knowledge in order to arrive at a reasonable and practical solution. This Bill, as it was first drafted, was not practical, but to-day it is practical to carry out its work. The Schedule of the Bill covers the whole of the ground which would be necessary in the case of houses taken for two and a half years. There is nothing in the Bill to prevent sanitation, amendment of drainage, painting, cleaning, repairs to woodwork or brick or slate work or to do what is necessary to make the house habitable. Reconstruction means turning a house into flats. [HON. MEMBERS: "No, no!"]