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Mining Subsidence

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the wastage of labour, materials and money arising from the erection of houses on land affected by mining subsidence; and if he will consider the prohibition of further building on land so affected.

Every case must be considered on its merits, and I am not prepared to issue a general prohibition.

Is the Minister aware that in my division the local authorities are prohibited by his Department from building, but the speculative builder is allowed to build as he chooses?

Of course, private builders have far greater freedom of action to build rather foolishly.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in some of these areas, timber houses have been erected in order to avoid subsidence?

It is very difficult to increase the number of timber houses which are available for us, because of currency difficulties.