§ 104. Mr. SHORT
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a number of families are to be evicted from houses situated in Darlaston Road, Wednesbury, this week-end; that the local council are unable to find them alternative accommodation; 2553 and that the land, when cleared of the houses, is to be used for a bowling-ground; and will he introduce legislation to protect people from eviction where no alternative accommodation is provided?
My right hon. Friend's attention has not been previously drawn to this particular case. As regards the last part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which was given yesterday in reply to the hon. Member for Greenwich (Mr. Palmer).
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this case is only a sample of what is happening up and down the country; and what action does he intend to take to prevent evictions and suffering to families? As the hon. Gentleman is attached to the Ministry of Health and these evictions represent a first step towards creating ill-health, what is he going to do about it?
The hon. Member's remarks should be addressed to hon. Members opposite. [HON. MEMBERS: "Withdraw!"]
§ Mr. SPEAKER
I think the hon. Gentleman's retort was rather inapt. I presume it refers to something which has been done outside this Chamber.
§ Mr. W. THORNE
Is it not a fact that it is the Act passed by hon. Members opposite which is responsible for the present evictions?
I was referring to the action of certain hon. Members opposite in a Committee of the House.
§ Mr. SPEAKER
In that case, I think it is most undesirable to make references here to proceedings which are taking place upstairs.