HC Deb 14 June 1880 vol 252 c1902

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If he is aware that in many parts of the Metropolis the provisions of the Metropolis Local Management Act, 18 and 19 Vic, c. 120, sees. 73, 75, and 76, requiring that no house shall be built or occupied without drainage and sewerage arrangements, constructed under the supervision of the Vestry or District Board, and to their satisfaction, have been grievously neglected; and if, in order to secure the inhabitants from hidden perils, he will take measures to insure that the said Act shall be carried out in a thorough and effectual manner; or, if it is found insufficient, that it shall be supplemented by more stringent provisions?


in reply, said, that no information had reached the Home Office to the effect that the provisions of the Metropolis Local Management Act with respect to drainage and sewerage were grievously neglected. He was informed by the Metropolitan Board of Works that the drainage and sewerage of all houses, except those connected with the main sewers, were under the control of the Vestries and District Boards, who were alone responsible for them. If, however, information as to the non-observance of the Act in question reached the Home Office, it would be his duty to consider whether further legislation on the subject was desirable.