HC Deb 22 July 1977 vol 935 cc751-2W
Sir B. Rhys Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he will take to assist the application of public health regulations in the case of overcrowding of hostels providing low-quality accommodation to young people and students visiting London.

Mr. Armstrong

There are provisions in the Housing Acts 1957 and 1961 to enable local housing authorities to control overcrowding in accommodation being prepared. It is not, therefore, possible at this stage to say when, or whether, test drilling will start. A number of other areas of granite and other hard rocks, in England and Scotland, are under study.