§ Mr. GILLETT
asked the Minister of Health whether he can give the present number of empty houses in the county of London; and whether, in view of the overcrowding in London, he would be prepared to introduce legislation compelling landlords who are holding up property for purposes of sale to accept reasonable offers for letting the property
§ Mr. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
I have no exact figures of the. number of empty dwelling-houses, but information supplied by the London County Council indicates that on the 31st March, 1924, the number of empty properties of all kinds (excluding the small number for which the owner has compounded for rates) was 9,461. I do not think that it would be practicable to introduce legislation on the lines suggested by the hon. Member.