Housing Commissioner, Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Barker Mr George Barker , Abertillery

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asked the Minister of Health if it is proposed to close down at the end of March next the office of the Housing Commissioner for Wales and Monmouthshire which, since its establishment, has been attached to the Welsh Board of Health at Cardiff, and has during a very difficult period carried out with success the onerous duties connected with the Government housing scheme in Wales; is he aware that this alleged proposal is strongly resented and is viewed as a retrograde step which would seriously impair the work of the Ministry in relation to housing, and would not result in any real saving of public money owing to the extra time and trouble involved in all negotiations having to be carried on through London and the expenses of deputations visiting the Ministry of Health in London instead of interviewing the Commissioners at Cardiff; and will he advise the Government to reconsider its decision?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave on the 27th February to the hon. Member for the Pontypool Division of Monmouthshire (Mr. T. Griffiths).

Photo of Mr George Barker Mr George Barker , Abertillery

Will the right hon. Gentleman answer the last part of the question, as to re-considering the decision of the Government?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

If my hon. Friend will refer to the answer which I gave, he will find that all these points have been, considered.