§ Mr. Randall
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many slums remain to be cleared; and what proportion of the permanent houses are recognised as slums in the County Borough of Gateshead.
§ Sir K. Joseph
On the basis of the most recent return made to me by the council and after making allowance for houses subsequently demolished or closed, I estimate that 5,300 unfit houses, representing 17 per cent. of the total permanent dwellings in Gateshead, remained at 31st March, 1964.
No allowance has been made for houses which may have become unfit since the last return or for any which have been made fit.