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Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 26th March 1925.

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Photo of Mr James Couper Mr James Couper , Glasgow Maryhill

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that certain local authorities in England have adopted the principle of direct labour in their housing schemes; if he can state how many have done so; and what proportion they represent in the various housing schemes in operation

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

Up to 1st March, 1925, 53 local authorities in England and Wales had commenced work by direct labour on schemes approved under the Housing Acts of 1923 and 1924. The total number of houses in these schemes is 4,531. The total number of houses included in contracts let by local authorities on the 1st March was 57,612.

Photo of Mr Frederick Montague Mr Frederick Montague , Islington West

Has the right hon. Gentleman made inquiries into the exceedingly remarkable experience of the Swansea Corporation in their scheme?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

No, Sir.

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

indicated assent.

Photo of Mr Martin Connolly Mr Martin Connolly , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Has the right hon. Gentleman received the report issued by the Newcastle-on-Tyne City Council, and if so will he have a copy placed in the Library?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

I have not yet received it.

Photo of Mr Martin Connolly Mr Martin Connolly , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Have you written for it, as you promised to do?