HC Deb 27 May 1943 vol 389 cc1719-20
22. Mr. Silkin

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the grave overcrowding which exists in many parts of the country; and whether he will cause the necessary local surveys to be made in the over-populated areas with a view to allocating surplus accommodation according to need?

Mr. E. Brown

I am aware of the serious problem presented by overcrowding. Surveys have already been made in 862 districts in connection with arrangements for finding lodging accommodation for transferred war workers where conditions were difficult so as to assist in putting any existing surplus accommodation to the fullest use and these surveys have been of great assistance. I should be glad to consider any area in respect of which my hon.' Fnend cares to give me information.

Mr. Gallacher

Has the Minister seen a pamphlet by Henry McShane dealing with overcrowding in Glasgow, and will he get it and confer with the Secretary of State for Scotland?

Mr. Brown

That question should addressed to the Secretary of State.

Earl Winterton

Do I understand, with regard to the last part of the Question, that surveys have or have not been made where gross overcrowing exists?

Mr. Brown

Eight hundred and sixty-two areas have been surveyed.

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