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Rural Districts (Survey)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health what progress had been made by the rural district councils in England in the survey of working-class houses; whether the reports so far received give any indication of the number of houses required in rural England in order to properly house the rural workers; and whether he will call upon these councils to compile lists of men who have served in the Forces during the war and are without houses of their own.

:Progress with the housing survey in rural districts has been hampered by shortage of staff, and for this reason I have not so far asked local authorities to report on the results of the survey. I am anxious that all staff who can be used on the preparation of new housing schemes should be so used. Forms of application for accommodation have been distributed to men serving in the Forces, and local authorities are aware that the names of applicants should be entered on the list of those wanting houses.