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Houses (Numbering)

Volume 320: debated on Thursday 18 February 1937

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that complaint has been made by representative organisations of traders of the difficulty and delay caused to their members in the delivery of goods to householders in urban areas through the absence of numbers on the houses in many streets; and whether he will issue a circular to urban and rural district councils calling their attention to the duty imposed upon them by Section 64 of the Towns Improvement (Clauses) Act, 1847, to cause the houses in a street to be numbered?

I have recently received representations on this subject from two such organisations. I am not aware that there has been any general failure on the part of local authorities, who have a discretion in the matter, and in the circumstances I do not think it necessary to issue a circular.

Will the right hon. Gentleman also consider sending a circular to those snobbish people who like to have names on their houses, pointing out that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have numbers?