HC Deb 30 December 1912 vol 46 cc22-3
40. Mr. BOOTH

asked the President of the Local Government Board if his attention has been called to the case of E. V. D., of Battersea, who has been rescued from a life of vice; whether he is aware that the officers of the Children Act reported that her father, mother, and five children under seventeen years, together with a married daughter, her husband, and two children, lived in a room with one bed; and whether he has instituted an inquiry into the housing condition of the neighbourhood and into the administration of the Health Acts by the local authority?


My attention has not been drawn to the case referred to. I have been in communication with the borough council of Battersea in regard to the question of my hon. Friend, but they have no information on the subject.


Will the right hon. Gentleman inquire from the officers referred to in the question, the officers administering the Children Act—passed by the present Postmaster-General—and see whether he cannot get full information from them?


Beyond the reply from the Battersea Borough Council, I have made application to the London County Council. So far I have heard nothing from them on the matter; but I am quite willing to make further investigation into this case.