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Sub-Standard Houses

Volume 523: debated on Monday 1 February 1954

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether, in order to secure a uniform standard of judgment, he will issue a considered basis for the use by local authorities in determining what is meant by "sub-standard houses."

:I would refer the hon. Member to Clause 7 of the Housing Repairs and Rents Bill now before the House.

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if, in order to obtain reliable information upon the extent to which sub-standard houses remain in occupation throughout the country, he will issue instructions to local authorities to carry out a survey.

:I would refer the hon. Member to Clause 1 of the Housing Repairs and Rents Bill which is now before the House. Under that Clause I intend to ask local authorities to submit an estimate of the total problem in their areas and an initial programme for slum clearance and repairs. I am aware that complete proposals cannot in many cases be drawn up before a further survey has been carried out, but I consider that the first step should be to get an agreed programme for immediate action.