Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON:34.
asked the Minister of Health whether the Government is prepared to grant to English and Welsh local authorities exactly the same terms and conditions as regards the extended period during which houses must be completed in order to qualify for financial assistance as those specified in the Scottish Board of Health Order, No. 944, issued on 6th May, 1921?
Will the right hon. Gentleman reply to the last part of my question, where it is specifically asked whether the conditions of Order No. 944, which gives the Scottish local authorities the right to extend the period till 1924, without the option of the Minister intervening, will apply to English local authorities, so that they will not be dependent on the option of the Minister?
I have already stated repeatedly, in reply to questions of this character, that the English authorities will be treated on similar lines to the Scottish authorities, but I see no reason for adopting the Scottish formula for the English administration.
No. The English authorities will have the right to have the period extended if they can show that it is not due to their fault that they have not completed their programmes by the date on which they ought to be completed. I do not propose to give extensions if the authorities have been negligent in going on and carrying out their work.