§ 23. Mr. SMEDLEY CROOKE
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that many of the tenants affected by the Birmingham Corporation's scheme of slum clearance in Emily Street are desirous of staying in their present houses; and whether it is the intention of the Government that the owners of well-kept property in that area shall have the same treatment as is to be shown in respect to property which has been neglected?
§ The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir Hilton Young)
The Emily Street Compulsory Purchase Order is the subject of a public local inquiry being held this week by one of my inspectors, at which all those concerned may appear and make 2055 objections which will be carefully considered before my decision is reached. The compensation payable in respect of houses which are not unfit for human habitation or dangerous or injurious to health but are required for the proper development of the cleared area will be on the basis of market value.
§ 25. Mr. GORDON MACDONALD
asked the Minister of Health whether he received a report from the general inspector of the district referring to the action of the Colne Town Council in evicting people from houses in the Windybank area of the Colne slum-clearance scheme without providing alternative accommodation; and, if so, what steps he proposes to take in the matter?
§ Sir H. YOUNG
I have received a preliminary report from the general inspector who is still in touch with the town council who are the responsible authority in this matter.