Mining Areas

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1951.

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Photo of Mr Albert Roberts Mr Albert Roberts , Normanton 12:00 am, 27th November 1951

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will give additional housing allocations to mining areas.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

My predecessor made, during the present year, additional allocations totalling approximately 6,300 houses to mining areas. I am willing to increase these in accordance with the progress made.

Photo of Mr George Sylvester Mr George Sylvester , Pontefract

Is the Minister aware that in the mining areas, owing to the danger of subsidence, the majority of houses have to be built on rafts which need steel, and will he do his best to see that they have the required quantity of steel bars, because there are areas at present where building has had to stop because of the shortage of steel?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

The hon. Gentleman is quite correct. I am aware of that, and we shall do what we can.