Housing, Hornchurch

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1951.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

I never quite know what the hon. Gentleman understands, and no logic or words can apparently make him understand.

I have seven minutes in which to reply, and I should be grateful if I could have a chance of replying to specific points. First of all let me refer to the Ipswich house that he mentioned. He compared the price—which was £1,106—and in his letter he was good enough to say the Hornchurch house cost £1,538. He compared price with price, and not house with house, so in effect he was not comparing like with like. He was wrong, in so far as his figures were concerned, because he arrived at the Hornchurch figure by taking four houses costing £6,000 and dividing by four., But one of these four was a doctor's surgery which was larger and more completely equipped. Therefore, his figure was not a correct one.