§ Mr. Pentland
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that, while the provisions of Section 11 of the Housing Act, 1936, will not have been complied with if parts of walls are left standing, there is no obligation upon the owner to remove the rubble, and that a local authority acting under Section 13 of the Act cannot do more than the owner would be compelled to do under the provisions of Section 11; and if he will therefore introduce legislation so that a local authority may be free to clear unfit houses without delay and without fear of surcharge to its members.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
Section 13 of the Housing Act, 1936, requires a local authority, when demolishing an unfit house in the owner's default, to sell the materials to defray costs. I am advised that this duty includes the removal and sale of the rubble.