The latest figures indicate that progress continues to be made. The total numbers of houses in respect of which assistance was promised under the Act were 1,033 on 30th September, 1928, 1,316 on 31st December, 1928, and 1,594 on 31st March, 1929. My right hon. Friend is, however, not satisfied that full use is being made of the provisions of the Act, and in the event of further applications being made to him by rural district councils to be made the operative authority for their area, he would have to consider such applications in the light of the progress hitherto made under the county council. In my right hon. Friend's opinion, which is confirmed by experience, the best results are obtained where the county council, acting as the authority under the Act, maintains the closest relations with the district councils and where the officers of the respective authorities co-operate harmoniously in carrying out its provisions.
Yes. I hope that the hon. Baronet the Member for Anglesey (Sir R. Thomas) accordingly values this Act, for which I did not notice any particular enthusiasm on his part.