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Building Material (Chalk)

Volume 387: debated on Thursday 25 March 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the desirability of encouraging the building of houses of chalk in certain suitable districts, in view of the availability of material on the spot and small amount of skilled labour required?

The possibilities of building houses in chalk will doubtless be considered, along with other methods, by the inter-Departmental Committee on building materials and construction methods, whose appointment I announced in my reply to a Question from my hon. Friend the Member for South Battersea (Mr. Selley) on 19th November last, of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy.

If I send my right hon. Friend some of the correspondence I have received on this subject, will he have the matter further looked into?

Why has there been this delay, in view of the fact that thousands of houses in my constituency and through the South of England have been built of chalk in the past? In view of the great lack of working-class houses, why is this matter still under consideration, after three and a half years?

Because we want to be sure that we are taking a modern view of people's desires, as to type and design of cottages.

Will the Minister consider the preparation of model by-laws as to design, for local authorities, so that the best type of houses will be built?

We shall have to consider all those things when we get the report of the Committee.