Emergency Hutments

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th June 1945.

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Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend 12:00 am, 7th June 1945

asked the Minister of Health if any local authorities outside the London area have applied for an allotment of Uni-seco type hutments; have any of these been allotted; and, if so, how many.

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "No, Sir." The other parts, therefore, do not arise.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Can my right hon. and learned Friend say whether local authorities have any facilities for acquiring these Uni-seco hutments?

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

My hon. Friend is about to ask another Question on this subject. Distribution of these very small and low standard emergency huts was restricted to areas which were affected by flying bombs and rockets.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

In view of the speed, economy and facility with which these huts can be obtained, is my right hon. and learned Friend satisfied that the present housing plans of the Government will cope with the emergency without using these huts?

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

I am quite satisfied that the time has passed when it would be right to make the provision of such hutments as these part of the Government's current housing programme.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

asked the Minister of Health if any estimate has been made of the number of Uni-seco type hutments, which could be supplied and erected throughout the country within the next 12 months, as emergency dwellings.

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

No further Uni-seco type hutments are available, as the entire production is being devoted to other purposes.