Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Kilkee Housing Scheme.

Mr. Hogan

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state what wages are being paid to workers under the housing scheme of the Town Commissioners of Kilkee, County Clare, and if he is satisfied that the wages fulfil the statutory provisions of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Acts, under the provisions of which these houses are being erected.

I am not aware of the wages paid on the Housing Scheme of the Town Commissioners at Kilkee, County Clare. I have received no complaint that the provisions of Section 8 of the Housing (Financial and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1936, are being contravened as regards this scheme.

Mr. Hogan

Has the Parliamentary Secretary any function to inquire as to whether the proper rate of wages is paid under the provisions of the Housing Acts?

The Minister institutes inquiries only on complaint being made; he does not initiate inquiries unless he receives a complaint.

After that does he then give the grant—does he take no action beyond giving the grant?

That is not so.

Mr. Hogan

Will the Parliamentary Secretary make inquiries in the case to which his attention has now been drawn and consider this in the nature of a complaint?

The complaint should be forwarded to the Minister in the ordinary way.