Housing (Glasgow).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Board of Health have considered the complaint made regarding certain houses situated at 460 and 470, Lawmoor Street, Glasgow, C.5, being condemned as unfit for human habitation; and what action, if any, is being taken as a result of inquiry into the complaint?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Peebles and Southern

The Department of Health for Scotland have made inquiries regarding the houses referred to, three of which have been condemned by the Medical Officer of Health of Glasgow as unfit for human habitation. Several inspections have been made of the remainder of the houses by members of the staff of the medical officer of health, who is satisfied that the existing defects are not such as would permit of the houses being condemned as unfit for human habitation.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Can the hon. Gentleman not send his own inspectors to see these houses; and is he aware that for over 50 years they have been known as rickety houses and out of harmony with modern ideas as to how people should live?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Peebles and Southern

I will consider the suggestion made by the hon. Member, but I would remind him that the final say as to the habitability or otherwise of these houses lies with the medical officer under the existing Acts.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

But if the Scottish Board of Health use their influence with the Glasgow Town Council is it not likely to be effective?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Peebles and Southern

I have already said that I will accept the suggestion of the hon. Member, and see if anything can be done.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

If the landlord refuses to put the houses into proper condition, is there any power in Scotland to compel the landlord to pull down the houses?

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

Can the hon. Gentle man tell us if rents are being paid for these houses which are condemned as unfit for human habitation?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Peebles and Southern

I would require notice of that question.