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North Staffordshire

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government which local authorities in North Staffordshire are building houses to specifications below the former standards.

None, Sir. I understand that the authorities are building or propose to build to designs similar to those illustrated in "Houses, 1952."

Is the Minister aware that the local authority in Stoke-on-Trent, and many others, have no desire to see the standards to which they have been building degraded by comparison with the standards of last year and the year before? Where such authorities are showing such vigour and enterprise, as they are in this case, will he promise the House that he will not press unduly that there should be any lowering of standards?

There is no question of lowering standards. These are the standards in the Dudley Committee and these are the designs which I had the pleasure of admitting that I inherited from my predecessor.