§ Mr. GILBERT
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the delay by the London County Council in completing the Tabard Street housing scheme; whether such delay has the sanction of his Department; and, in view of the urgent demand for housing accommodation in London, he can take any steps that 1307W will cause this necessary housing scheme to be carried out forthwith by the local authority?
§ Major ASTOR
I am aware that considerable delay has occurred in carrying out the Tabard Street improvement scheme. As the hon. Member is doubtless aware, the Government during the War were obliged to impose restrictions on the raising and expenditure of capital. I have no doubt the London County Council will now proceed with the scheme as speedily as practicable, having regard to the difficulties still existing, and I will communicate with them on the subject.