HC Deb 08 May 1923 vol 163 cc2186-7W

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that, according to the Census Reports, 1,045,000 more rooms, equivalent to 209,000 five-roomed houses, are required in the county of London in order to give the population accommodation equivalent to the average prevailing throughout the country in 1911; and what proportion of that number of houses he estimates as likely to be provided under the Housing (No. 2) Bill in the County of London?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. It seems to my right hon. Friend, however, that for practical purposes the comparison must be between conditions in London in 1921 and 1911. On the basis taken by the hon. Member the deficiency of rooms in London in 1921 as compared with 1911 is 58,000, according to the Census figures, and the average number of rooms per person has improved. As regards the second part of the question, the housing provision secured under the Bill at present before the House will depend on the action taken by the responsible local authority.

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