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Housing

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 22 June 1922

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Eviction, Sheffield

70.

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the reports of disturbances and police court proceedings at Sheffield arising out of the eviction of a tenant consequent upon the shortage of housing accommodation in that district; and, if so, what steps he proposes to take to remove the cause of the trouble?

My right hon. Friend is aware of the proceedings to which the hon. Member refers. He understands that the tenant in question was evicted on account of failure to pay his rent, although he had been treated with consideration by the owner.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this man, his wife, and several small children, had to sleep out in the open for three nights because there was no place to go to, and were ultimately taken to the workhouse?

I am not aware of those facts. I have given the answer that my right hon. Friend has furnished.

Building (Cost)

72.

asked the Minister of Health whether he will grant a Return showing, as regards each State-assisted housing scheme, the cost of building, the weekly net rent for each type of house, the net assessment, and the local rates in the £ for the current period?

The return for which the hon. Member asks would involve a great deal of labour on the part of local authorities, and, in the present unfinished state of the housing scheme, could not be in any way complete. My right hon. Friend regrets, therefore, that at present he does not see his way to accede to the hon. Member's request.

May we be given the opportunity of having some facts presented to us as to the cost of building under the various schemes, in view of the amount of controversy that is going on over the matter?

Lunacy (Statutory Forms)

74.

asked the Minister of Health whether he has received resolutions from the Wigan and other boards of guardians asking that legislation be promoted to amend the Lunacy Acts, 1890 and 1891, so as to enable statutory forms to be altered by substituting the words mental patients for pauper lunatics, mental hospital for lunatic asylum, and institution for workhouse and, if so, can he make a statement on the subject?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, my right hon. Friend would refer the hon. Member to his reply on the 14th June to a similar question by the hon. Member for Seven-oaks (Sir T. Bennett), of which he is sending him a copy.