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Building Licences

Volume 499: debated on Tuesday 22 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Works in what circumstances under his Regulations, local authorities act as his agents in prosecutions on charges of exceeding the £100 a year free limit in building; and, in view of the desirability of encouraging those who will help themselves to provide homes, if he will now amend his Regulations to permit greater latitude in such cases.

Local authorities have powers without reference to my Department, to institute proceedings against persons suspected of contravening Defence Regulation 56A. They now have considerable discretion to license the erection of houses and I am considering with my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Housing and Local Government, whether any further changes should be made in the licensing system.