Canadian Prefabricated Houses

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey 12:00, 28 March 1945

asked the Minister of Works on what terms Mr. H. F. Brunton and Mr. C. B. K. Van Norman offered to supply 100,000 prefabricated houses from Canada; why the offer was not accepted; and if a specimen house was erected anywhere in this country.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

This Question appears to be based on a number of misapprehensions. No such offer has been made by either of these gentlemen. The possibility of obtaining houses from Canada has, however, been explored at various times.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Can my right hon. Friend say whether a specimen house of this type is practicable?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

A specimen house of another type does exist. I have seen this story in the newspapers. It is based on a whole series of misapprehensions. I should be glad to give my hon. and gallant Friend the complete story if he would like it.