Orders of the Day — Ministry of Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 8th December 1920.

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Photo of Mr William Royce Mr William Royce , Holland with Boston

I beg to move, in Subsection (1), after the word "fide" ["in the bonâ fide"] to insert the word "residential."

The object is to prevent the use of houses as store rooms and for other purposes and to give the local authorities in such cases power to take them over. I know of several instances in the country where houses are being used as store houses for potatoes and that kind of thing. I know of one case where houses are being used as store houses and if the power to take them over was given there would be three cottages perfectly equipped handed over by a school which now occupies them. There are hundreds of these cases scattered over the country. The word "residential" may not cover the point, but the object is to give the power to take houses which are not now in human habitation. I submit this proposal would inflict no harm on anybody and would do a great deal of good in the housing question.