HC Deb 07 February 1938 vol 331 cc689-90W
Sir R. Gower

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the hardship imposed by the provisions of the Housing Acts upon small property owners who cannot afford adequate legal advice and aid; and whether he will consider remedial action?

Sir K. Wood

I presume my hon. Friend has in mind the provisions of the Acts relating to slum clearance. I have no reason to think that any owner is prejudiced by being unable to employ legal assistance at the inquiries which are held by officers of my Department. My hon. Friend is no doubt aware that the substantial issue at the inquiry is the condition of the property and that the Inspector makes a careful inspection of the property in the presence of the owner.