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House Repairs And Conversion, Northern Ireland

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the Minister of Production whether, towards repairing houses, converting houses into flats and completing unfinished houses in Northern Ireland to the amount of £250 for each house, he will release the essential materials required for that purpose, as the matter is urgent owing to the shortage of houses?

I am informed by the Government of Northern Ireland that the categories of building work referred to by the hon. Member are not at present, and are not likely to be, restricted for lack of essential materials.

Is it a fact that the Minister has refused to allow the Government of Northern Ireland to proceed with the erection of these houses, and is he aware that 4,000 houses have been erected in Eire and only 626 houses in Northern Ireland? Does the Minister think that is equal justice for that part of the United Kingdom?