asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the considerable delay in the granting or refusing of applications for certificates of essentiality to carry out repair to houses; and will he take steps, in conjunction with councils, to expedite their decisions.
I am not aware of such delay. If the hon. and gallant Member will let me have details of any case he has in mind I will have it investigated.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that with winter coming on it is essential that these orders and decisions of the local authorities should be made at the first available moment?
I cannot accept the implication in the supplementary question.
But is the Minister not aware that the information given in my question is correct?
If the hon. and gallant Gentleman will send me particulars, I will have them investigated but I cannot accept generalisations which do not give specific instances.