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Needs And Standards

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 17 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Health, in order to ascertain the minimum requirement of new houses in the course of the next 25 years, if he will instruct local authorities to carry out a close survey and report upon the number of dwellings at present below any reasonable standard of fitness; the number that should be replaced in the course of the above period; and the number of people already registered as requiring more suitable accommodation.

The stage has not yet been reached when such a survey can profitably be undertaken. As regards the final part of the Question I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 5th May to the hon. Member for Newark (Mr. Shephard) of which I am sending him a copy.