To ask the Minister for Local Government if he has considered the desirability of granting to private builders a sum sufficient to make the building of houses a paying proposition; if so, will he state the amounts, and if they will be provided for in the 1923-24 Estimates.

The question of reviving grants to private builders is at present under consideration in connection with the housing policy of the Government for the coming year. Legislation will be necessary to give effect to any proposals evolved, so that I am not now in a position to state the probable amount of grants or the total sum which may have to be provided for in the Estimates for 1923-24.


May I ask the Minister will he give those builders proceeding now with the erection of houses the benefits of the new legislation.

I could not give any answer that would anticipate the decision of the Dáil in regard to future legislation.