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Building Byelaws (Height Of Rooms)

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 13 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government the number of local authorities which are charged with the duty of preparing building byelaws affecting the minimum height of rooms; how many have already submitted them for approval; and in how many cases his approval has been given, or has been withheld.

1,336 local authorities had to revise their building byelaws. 1,309 have new byelaws confirmed or about to be confirmed; discussions are continuing with 14, and 13 have not submitted drafts.Nearly all the authorities have adopted the new model byelaw prescribing 7 feet 6 inches as the minimum height of rooms. I refused approval in about 100 cases to a proposal to insist on a greater height, and in almost all of these the model provision has now been adopted.