Emergency Construction

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th October 1944.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone 12:00 am, 25th October 1944

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works whether he has provided the Ministry of Supply with an inventory of the component parts going to form the emergency factory-built houses which that Ministry will be responsible for providing; and whether he can give an assurance that these will be ready in time and will not form bottlenecks preventing the completion of these houses.

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

Yes, Sir. With regard to the second part of the Question, I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply that the detailed production programme to meet the required deliveries is now being worked out.

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

asked the Minister of Health whether, seeing that temporary houses will be erected chiefly by unskilled labour, he will arrange with local authorities the conditions and subsidy to be paid for erecting more permanent houses and enabling them to use for this purpose the skilled labour available.

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

My right hon. and learned Friend is already discussing with representatives of the Local Authority Associations the terms and conditions of subsidy in respect of permanent houses.

Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

asked the Minister of Health the districts in which the Portal houses will, in the near future, be placed on exhibition; and how, in view of the wish of Lord Portal not to have his name associated with them, they will in future be officially designated.

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

Arrangements are being made to exhibit full-sized models in Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff and Bristol. The temporary house in question, though designed by the Ministry of Works, is officially known as the Pressed-Steel Bungalow.