HC Deb 20 July 1914 vol 65 cc61-2W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether, under the Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act, 1909, he has received any complaint from the county council or from any parish council or parish meeting, or from any four inhabitant householders in the Skipton Parliamentary Division, that the local authority have failed hitherto to exercise their powers to enforce the proper carrying out of the Housing Acts; if he will give the estimated numbers of houses in the Bowland rural district on the 31st March, 1914, within the limit of rent, or the gross rental of which did not exceed the limit of rent, applicable to the district under Section 14 of the Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act, 1909; if he will give the estimated number of houses in the Earby urban, Silsden urban, Skipton urban, Bowland rural, and Skipton rural districts on 31st March, 1914, in regard to which Section 15 of the Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act, 1909, applied; whether he has yet received the report of his inspector concerning the fulfilment of the duties imposed by the Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act, 1909, upon the urban district coucils of Barnoldswick, Earby, Silsden, and Skipton and upon the rural districts of Bowland, Sedburgh, Settle, and Skipton; whether he will give a summary of its findings; and whether any representations have been made thereon to any of these councils and with what results?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative; the number of houses referred to in the second is 1,070. I am not able to give the numbers asked for in the third part of the question. I have received the reports of the inspector in regard to the several districts referred to, and have communicated with the council in each case in regard to the matters arising on the report. A summary of the reports and of subsequent action in the several cases cannot be given conveniently in brief form, but, if my hon. Friend desires it, I shall be prepared to supply him with a copy of the several communications addressed to the councils as a result of the reports.

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