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Allocations

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 9 November 1950

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96 and 97.

asked the Minister of Health (1) what is the total number of new houses he has allocated to the Rochford Rural District Council since June, 1945; and whether contracts have been placed in respect of the whole of this number;(2) what is the total number of new houses he has allocated to the county borough of Southend-on-Sea since June, 1945; and whether contracts have been placed in respect of the whole of this number.

In making allocations to individual local authorities account has to be taken of a number of factors, including the amount of work outstanding from previous allocations at the time when the allocation is made. The individual allocations can be judged, therefore, only in the light of full knowledge of the local circumstances on which they were based. Publication of such figures would be misleading and cannot give such a reliable picture of local progress as is already available in the published returns in Appendix B which show every three months both the number of houses under construction in each district and the number of houses in tenders approved or licences issued which have not yet been started.