HC Deb 19 February 1931 vol 248 c1441
51. Major NATHAN

asked the Minister of Health if, in view of the special problem which London presents as regards housing, he will set up a Royal Commission or select a Departmental committee for the purpose of inquiring into the position and making recommendations, with a view to improving housing conditions in London generally, and particularly in the congested areas of East London?


No, Sir. The Housing Act, 1930, placed on the London County Council the responsibility for reviewing housing conditions in London and I do not at present consider that the adoption of the hon. and gallant Member's proposal would accelerate either the provision of new houses or the clearance of slums.


Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the London County Council have made suitable progress in connection with housing, and needs no assistance from a commission?


It is quite true that they have a programme for the next five years which is 33⅓ per cent. more than the last five years, but I am not satisfied that that is the best that they can do.

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