Land Acquisition

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1945.

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Photo of Mr Stanley Prescott Mr Stanley Prescott , Darwen 12:00 am, 15th November 1945

asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities have acquired no land for permanent housing sites; and of such local authorities how many have no need at present to make such acquisitions.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

At present, 29 local authorities in England and Wales have acquired no land for permanent house sites. I understand that 24 have no present intention of building permanent houses. The position in these areas is being investigated.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Hackney Central

Will the Minister give us an assurance that these 29 local authorities are dominated by Conservatives?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

I do not anticipate that such political considerations will be involved.

Photo of Mr Stanley Prescott Mr Stanley Prescott , Darwen

Is it a fact that, in 24 of these 29 local authorities, they have no need for housing sites at the present moment?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

I said that I understand that 29 had no present intention. I am investigating whether their intention bears some relationship to the local circumstances which might justify the authorities.