Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Housing Loans) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1949.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Kingswinford 12:00 am, 29th November 1949

I can speak only for my own Department. It is 4,000 for the Royal Air Force for the next three years.

As to the type of houses to be built, they will be financed by loans, subject of course, to the approval of the Treasury, and the only types so far approved are within the limits of size adopted in the case of houses built by local authorities. It has also been agreed that money should be advanced by way of loans only for Service housing likely to be of value for general housing purposes in the event of the accommodation no longer being required for Service purposes.

May I at this juncture give the noble Lord the assurance he asked for on the last occasion. It is certainly not intended to exercise the powers of approval in a narrow and unduly restrictive manner.