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?
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.
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?
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.