HC Deb 12 June 1882 vol 270 cc816-7

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether his attention has been called to a Report from Dr. Saunders, Medical Officer of Health to the City Commissioners of Sewers, in which he called their attention To the frightful state of certain houses in Rohin Hood Court, Shoe Lane, adjacent to the back entrance to the casual wards of the City of London Union; and, whether he will impress upon the authorities the necessity of taking immediate steps to remove a cause of so much danger to the community?


Sir, I have seen in a newspaper the Report of Dr. Saunders referred to in the Question as to the state of the houses in Robin Hood Court, and I observe that the medical officer recommends that they should be dealt with under the local Acts in force in. London. These Acts, however, confer upon the Local Government Board no power to interfere. At the same time, I hope that, as the attention of the local authority has been directed to the subject, they will proceed to take the necessary steps to remedy the evil complained of. As regards the accumulation of casuals near the spot, I will call the attention of the Guardians to the subject, with a view of seeing how far the evil can be prevented; but I may add that the casual wards adjoining the court were carefully inspected on Saturday last, and were found to be clean and in good order throughout, and there has been no case of infection there for many years.