District Nurses

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1949.

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Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely 12:00 am, 7th July 1949

asked the Minister of Health if he will give an estimate of the number of houses required throughout England and Wales to provide all district nurses with houses of their own.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

I cannot readily estimate the number, but I have impressed upon local authorities the importance of their help in this important matter.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

Arising out of that reply and the answer which the right hon. Gentleman gave me on Thursday of last week, does not he realise that local authorities are finding it extremely difficult to comply with the request of the Minister so long as the total allocation of houses is limited to what it is; and in view of the very real need will he reconsider granting an increased allocation to local authorities ready to build houses for district nurses?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

I cannot increase the size of the housing programme because that is limited by various considerations mentioned last Monday in the course of the Debate on housing, but that does not mean that local authorities cannot within their allocation give priority to certain classes, such as this.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

Would not the right hon. Gentleman consider releasing a certain amount of building materials, used for other purposes than housing, for the express purpose of housing district nurses.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

No, Sir, because that would assume that there is something wrong at the moment with the balance between the amount of materials provided for housing and other services; and we consider that we have struck the right balance.

Photo of Mrs Jean Mann Mrs Jean Mann , Coatbridge

Does this mean that the district nurse must live in her own house, and will not be allowed to live with her own husband?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Oh no, Sir. It merely refers to cases where nurses wish to have accommodation.