Local Authorities' Schemes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 2nd August 1922.

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Mr. T. THOMSON:

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asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the figures in the Registrar-General's Report for 1920 showing that the marriage rate was the highest on record; and, in the light of this new information, is he prepared to withdraw his objection to local authorities completing their original building schemes under the Housing Act of 1919, in order to meet the largely increased need for more houses indicated by this increased marriage rate?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I am aware of the figures referred to. With regard to the second part of the question, I have nothing to add to the answers already given to the hon. Member on this matter.

Mr. THOMSON:

As this will be the last opportunity for some months to put a question, does the right hon. Gentleman say that nothing is to be done for the next three months to relieve the congestion that is still in existence in regard to housing?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

My hon. Friend is aware that 50,000 houses that are in process of being built will not be completed for eight months, and that will do a good deal towards relieving the congestion.

Mr. THOMSON:

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that that is only one-tenth of what the Prime Minister promised?