HC Deb 11 June 1936 vol 313 cc369-70

asked the Minister of Health whether the survey of overcrowded conditions, as defined by the Housing Act, 1935, has been completed; and whether he can give the House some indication of the number of houses which are overcrowded and the number of persons concerned?

31. Mr. T. SMITH

asked the Minister of Health what number of local authorities had submitted on 1st June reports as to the amount of overcrowding in their areas under the provisions of the Housing Act, 1935; how many houses were inspected by these authorities; how many were found to be overcrowded; and will be state separately the corresponding figures for county boroughs alone?

38. Miss WARD

asked the Minister of Health whether he can make a statement on the position of the surveys required to be presented to the Ministry by 1st June under the Overcrowding Act of 1935?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir Kingsley Wood)

As the answer contains a number of figures I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

Up to 1st June, 1,024 local authorities had submitted reports: the reports show that 6,431,464 houses were inspected, of which 247,884 were found to be overcrowded. These reports include 55 county boroughs in which 1,902,149 houses were inspected and 71,600 were found to be overcrowded. Up to 10th June reports have been received from 1,272 local authorities out of a total of 1,536. These reports show that 7,893,399 houses were inspected, and 296,738 were found to be overcrowded, an average of 3.8 per cent. The reports include 74 county boroughs, in which 2,588,020 houses were inspected and 99,581 were found to be unfit, an average of 3.8 per cent. The reports received include most of the large centres of population, and I do not think that the results are likely to be substantially affected when the outstanding reports which I have urged local authorities to submit forthwith are received.