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War-Damaged Houses (Repairs)

Volume 393: debated on Thursday 4 November 1943

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the urgent necessity for repairing war-damaged houses and of the difficulty owners and tenants of such houses have in obtaining an interpretation of the law owing to Ministry of Health circulars, Ministry of Works licensing rules, War Damage Commission instructions and Ministry of Town and Country Planning Orders and other interested authorities' regulations, several of which overlap, he will consider issuing a White Paper showing clearly how the existing law now stands?

Arrangements are being made for the issue of a leaflet giving the necessary guidance in a brief and popular form. This leaflet, when approved, will be available free to all inquirers.

While thanking the Prime Minister for his most satisfactory reply, may I ask whether he will put it into Basic English, which will make it more simple?

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the same facilities will be given to private owners who are anxious to recondition their houses for habitation as are given to local authorities?