HC Deb 22 April 1914 vol 61 cc945-6W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he will give the names of the urban districts in which, as the result of formal complaints under Section 10 of the Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act, 1909, or of inspections by the Board's officers, the councils had, prior to the 1st January last, been urged by the Board to build houses under Part III. of the Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890, and have not yet agreed to do so; and whether, as regards cases of formal complaints, a mandamus has been applied for in any instance; and, if so, with what result?


The names of the urban districts are:—Northam, Pwllheli, Bridgnorth, Margam, Stowmarket, East Cowes, Barnoldswick, and Tenby. The last named is the only one in which there has been a formal complaint under Section 10 of the Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act, 1909, and in which action or a promise of action has not been secured. It has not yet been thought necessary to make application for a writ of mandamus in that case. In the case of Northam, it is right that I should add that the council have stated that they are looking for a site for houses, but I am afraid they have been a long time finding it. The Margam Council have made some provision, but not as much as the Local Government Board think necessary, and, as regards Stowmarket, it must be admitted that the circumstances have changed somewhat since the Board recommended the council to build.