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Repairs

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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16.

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that in Stepney, between 16th May, 1945, and 12th September, 1945, only 106 C (b) dwellings were repaired; that the average number of man-hours occupied in repairing these houses was 4,000 man-hours per house; that the average cost of repair of these houses was £750 per house or £400 per dwelling; and what steps will he take to stop this waste of labour and public funds and to direct this effort immediately to the erection of new houses.

I am causing inquiry to be made and will communicate with the hon. Member.

31.

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many cinemas, large shops and similar buildings, are effecting extensive repairs, decorations and painting; and whether he is satisfied that such activities do not interfere with corresponding work being done to dwelling-houses and cottages.

Building work of the kind referred to costing more than £10 needs a licence. Licences are issued in some instances by my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Works, and in others by local authorities acting on his behalf; and in neither type of case should a licence be issued if avoidable interference with housing work would result. If my hon. Friend is aware of cases in which, in his opinion, avoidable interference is being caused, I should be glad to have particulars.