§ 35. Mr. Platts-Mills
asked the Minister of Health if he will now publish a list showing the number of empty houses in each Metropolitan borough, disclosed by the recent survey undertaken at his recent request.
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)
I will, with permission arrange for the figures to be published in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following are the figures:
|Numbers of empty houses in each Metropolitan Borough, as listed by the local authorities.|
|Bethnal Green (also an unstated number of semi-obsolete properties)||4|
§ (1) The majority of the houses included in the lists are fit only for demolition.
§ (2) The Borough Councils are continuing to requisition and adapt those empty houses which are suitable and can be dealt with at reasonable cost.
§ (3) A number of houses, mainly in Westminster, Kensington and Paddington, are being prepared as half-way houses for over 400 families. This accommodation will be used for families from all parts of London.
§ (4) I am considering what further use can be made of these empty houses, but it is unlikely that much additional housing accommodation can be obtained.