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NO EAGER DEMAND LOCAL BODIES SHY OF THEM LONDON. Little more than half the local authorities in England and Wales have applied for temporary houses to help meet their housing shortage. Of the 1450 authorities invited by the Ministry of Health in August, 1944, to apply for temporary - prefabricated houses, only 800—55 per cent—have asked for them. The time is running short, as the Ministry will probably withdraw the offer in June. One of the authorities who has turned down the offer is Hastings, Sussex, on the grounds that "all available labour could be more usefully utilised in the erection of houses. of a permanent character and the execution of war damage repairs." , The 800 who want temporaries-—' among whom 115,000 will be divided! —are mainly the big towns and, cities and the districts which suffered air attacks. The non-applicants are mainly rural authorities whose housing shortage is not so acute and Who are waiting for the permanent housing programme in July. So far, 370 temporary houses—all in the London area—have been erected ready for occupation; work is in progress on 1410 more. Minimum target figure throughout Britain is: 300,000 permanent houses built or building by May, 1947. >

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PRE-FAB. HOUSES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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PRE-FAB. HOUSES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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