HC Deb 29 April 1897 vol 48 cc1237-8

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been directed to the clearances recently effected in the East End of London by owners of house property, who find it to their pecuniary interest to take in large numbers of Gorman, Polish, and Russian immigrants, whose habits and sanitary notions are not always of the highest; and whether he will take steps to secure that the local authorities shall put in force the powers they possess in respect of sanitary requirements?


I understand that certain clearances are taking place in the neighbourhood referred to, with a view, in some cases, to the renovation or rebuilding of the tenements, but I have no information as to whether the object aimed at is the substitution of foreign immigrants for the existing tenants. The local authority assure me that they have hitherto put in force, and will continue to put in force, the sanitary powers which they possess.