Building Licences (Transfer)

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th February 1951.

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Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton 12:00 am, 6th February 1951

asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning if he is aware that in many districts there is so great a demand for council houses that no private building licences can be granted, whereas in other districts the demand for private building licences is far greater than that for council houses; and whether, in order to provide greater elasticity, he will arrange for regional pools to be set up to permit the interchange of licences between one local authority and another in each region.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

My predecessor agreed to a transfer of licences between local authorities and I am continuing this arrangement.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Heywood and Royton

Is the Minister aware that under the present system this transfer reduces the total number of houses that any one local authority can build, and that there are residential districts where the local authority, in order to get one private building licence, has to build four council houses which are not wanted?