HC Deb 29 July 1919 vol 118 cc1938-9

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that a large number of I wish workers who have arrived in Ayrshire for the gathering of the potato crop are being housed in many cases under conditions unfit for human beings; and what steps will be taken to inquire into and put an end to these conditions?


I am aware that the housing conditions of these workers is in some respects unsatisfactory, but I am advised that in the present state of the law this powers of the local authorities to deal with the matter are inadequate. New powers, however, are contained in the Scottish Housing Bill, and it is hoped that the exercise of these by the local authorities will result in improved housing being provided for these workers.


Will the right hon. Gentleman say what is being done at the present time?


As far as my information goes the local authorities are using such powers as they possess, but as I have said in answer to the original question these are inadequate.