HC Deb 10 May 1904 vol 134 cc889-90
MR. CLAUSE HAY (Shoreditch, Hoxton)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the dwellings occupied by the Coastguard have been examined with a view of ascertaining whether these dwellings are in conformity with the Health Acts; if so, when such examination was made; and whether, in the event of no such specific inquiry having been made within the last three years, he will cause full inquiry to be instituted, and present the result in detail to the House.


No such specific examination as that referred to has been made, nor is such an inquiry considered necessary. All Coastguard buildings are in charge of Admiralty Works Officers. They are periodically examined and any defects brought to light are attended to.


Are the Admiralty satisfied that the dwellings referred to in the Question conform in even-respect to the Public Health Acts, both as regards cubic space, and the number of persons inhabiting each room.


It is impossible to say that every building out of the very large number comply with the law in every respect, but defects are remedied as they are discovered and a large sum of money is being expended in improvements.