HC Deb 28 July 1903 vol 126 cc534-5

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to the inadequacy of the cottage accommodation and the condition of the cottages in the rural districts of Erpingham, Norfolk, necessitating recently the accommodation of one or more whole families in the Workhouse at West Beckham, because no cottage could be found for them; and whether, in view of the fact that fifteen months ago, and again three months ago, application was made by the rural district council to the County Council for powers to adopt Part III. of The housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890, and such powers have not yet been granted, he will say what action the Department will now take in the matter.

(Answered by Mr. Waller Long.) I am aware that the medical officer of health has referred in his annual report to t he inadequacy of the house accommodation for the working classes in this rural district. I have not received any information as to the matter referred to in the †See (4) Debates, cxxv., 1134. last part of the Question, but I will make inquiry on the subject.