Caravan Sites

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th June 1952.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford 12:00 am, 17th June 1952

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if, in view of the inevitable long-term shortage of housing accommodation and the growing popularity of caravan homes he will, as a matter of urgency, discuss with all interested authorities the provision of licensed caravan sites as a national problem.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

No, Sir. I do not think that the general conference which the hon. Member suggests would prove very useful at this stage.

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford

Does not the hon. Gentleman appreciate the disparity in contracts up and down the country with regard to this matter? As the State has so much to say about building non-traditional houses, why should not caravan homes be considered as places where childless couples and families with one child might go, when otherwise they will have to wait for years and their marriages might break up? Is it not worth a trial, in order to reduce human misery?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

I do not regard caravans as suitable substitutes for houses.

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford

If they are not a substitute for houses why not provide the houses?

Photo of Mr Joseph Sparks Mr Joseph Sparks , Acton

Will the hon. Gentleman take steps to bring within existing legislation the tenancies of caravans which, I understand, are at present outside that legislative protection?