§ Mr. Lubbock
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many ho using authorities have prepared and submitted reports on overcrowding since 1957; for those authorities which have done so, what is the number of new houses required to eliminate overcrowding in their districts; and what proportion of the overcrowding occurs in houses declared to be unfit for human habitation.
No such reports have been asked for or submitted since the war. The large amount of detailed survey work involved would have diverted the attention of local authorities from more urgent housing tasks. The information asked for in the second and third parts of the Question is not therefore available. Local authorities have, however, done much to reduce overcrowding in providing more than 2¼ million new houses in England and Wales since 1945, and are continuing to do so under current building programmes.