§ Mr. SHILLAKER
asked the Minister of Health the number of families living in one-room tenements and the number in two-room tenements in the borough of Acton as shown in the last Census Return, or later figures if available; and whether his Department will take steps to prevent a council selling land originally purchased for the purpose of erecting houses thereon to let to working-class tenants?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
At the Census of 1921 there were enumerated in Acton Municipal Borough 946 private families, comprising a population of 1,859 persons, occupying one room each; and 1,383 private families, comprising a population of 4,098 persons, occupying two rooms each. A private family for census purposes may consist of one person only. As regards the second part of the question, local authorities have powers for the sale or lease of land acquired under the Housing Acts, but such powers can only be exercised with my consent.