§ 52. Mr. JOEL
asked the Minister of Health whether any complaints have been received from local authorities that the standard of overcrowding under the Housing Act, 1935, is too low; and, if so, whether he will state the towns from which these complaints come?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Mr. Shakespeare)
My right hon. Friend is aware that in some quarters the standard is regarded as low but, as my hon. Friend knows, the standard is a penal standard and is therefore of necessity lower than, for example, the standard of accommodation adopted by local authorities for rehousing purposes. My right hon. Friend is unable to trace any official representations from local authorities on the subject.