HC Deb 21 July 1938 vol 338 c2449W
Mr. Granville

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, with regard to the serving of demolition and clearance orders on rural cottages, many occupants cannot read; and will he take steps to amend the machinery being employed by his Department to enable owners to understand the full implications of the Housing Act, 1936?

Mr. Elliot

Demolition and clearance orders are addressed primarily to the owners and not the occupiers of the houses, and I have no evidence that inability to read notices has caused difficulty in general. The question whether the administrative machinery relating to demolition orders should be altered to assist those concerned, along the lines referred to in the latter part of the question, is at present under consideration by the Central Housing Advisory Committee and I shall give sympathetic consideration to any recommendations which the committee may make.