§ 24. Mr. JOHN WILMOT
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of persons shown by the last available figures to be living in the metropolitan borough of Fulham in an overcrowded condition of more than two persons per room, the number of separate families living in the borough, and the number of structurally separate dwellings?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Mr. Shakespeare)
The last available figures are contained in the 1931 Census Report for the County of London (page xx and Tables 10 and 11), to which I would refer the hon. Member.
§ 25. Mr. WILMOT
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the default of the London County Council in taking steps to remedy the very serious overcrowding in the borough of Fulham; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?
§ Mr. SHAKESPEARE
No, Sir. More than 1,500 Fulham families have already been provided with housing accommodation by the London County Council. In addition 400 new dwellings have been provided by the borough council. But 1530 overcrowding still remains a problem, and the question is at present receiving the attention of the Government. In the meantime the London County Council in common with other housing authorities are concentrating upon the more immediate task of slum clearance.
§ Mr. WILMOT
Would the hon. Gentleman consider using the powers of compulsion that he has in cases of default, unless of course a change in the Government renders that unnecessary?