HC Deb 28 February 1938 vol 332 cc753-4W
Mr. Kelly

asked the Home Secretary in respect of how many Metropolitan Police Section Houses the accommodation is reported to be unhealthy and unsatisfactory; and what steps are being taken to remedy these conditions?

Sir S. Hoare

The accommodation is not unhealthy in any of the Metropolitan Police Section Houses but in the majority of them it is not up to modern standards. For this reason a rebuilding scheme is now in progress and, as part of this scheme, it is intended to remedy the unsatisfactory conditions by erecting new buildings or, where practicable, reconstructing the existing ones. One of the new type, accommodating 101 men, has recently been completed and taken into use at Putney. Five others (two new and three reconstructed), providing accommodation for a total of 649 men, will be completed during the year. Plans for the remainder of the programme are in various stages of preparation and development. Pending completion of the work measures of a temporary nature have been taken to improve the conditions in the existing Section Houses.