HC Deb 03 November 1902 vol 113 c1399

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate if the Secretary for Scotland will consider the expediency of deputing an inspector of the Local Government Board to visit the Island of Lewis, for the purpose of inspecting congested districts and conferring with the local authority, the medical officers of health, and the sanitary inspector, with a view to the removal of hovels such as that in which a man named Mackay recently died of typhus fever, in the district of Ness, Island of Lewis.


The general question of the sanitary condition of the Lewis is receiving the consideration of the Local Government Board. Certain aspects of the question are dealt with in the special Report on the Lewis by the Crofter's Commission which has just been presented to Parliament, and if the Secretary for Scotland thinks further information is required, he will consider what course it is expedient to pursue. I understand the local authority have already taken action, with a view to the destruction of the house in which Mackay dwelt.


Is the right lion. Gentleman aware that the Local Government Board have not taken the trouble to send a single inspector of that Board to the Island of Lewis — the most congested district in the Highlands of Scotland.