§ 54. Mr. C. EDWARDS
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that under powers given in the Public Health Act many houses have been closed by the local authorities; whether many of these could be put in habitable repair at a comparatively small cost, and by that means help to reduce the overcrowding prevalent; and whether he will call for a return of such houses and the estimated cost of repairing the same, and if found practicable give the necessary powers to the authorities to proceed with the work?
§ Dr. ADDISON
According to my information, the number of houses which have been closed and could be rendered fit for habitation at comparatively low cost is very small, and I do not think that I should be warranted in the circumstances in asking for a return such as the hon. Member suggests. Local authorities already have powers under the Housing Acts to carry out essential repairs in suitable cases if the owner fails to do so.