Condemned Dwellings

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th June 1951.

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Photo of Sir Cyril Black Sir Cyril Black , Wimbledon 12:00 am, 26th June 1951

asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning whether he has yet received the returns from the local authorities giving the number of slum dwellings demolished during the period of 1st April, 1945, to 31st March, 1951; and, if so, what is the total.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Thompson Mr Kenneth Thompson , Liverpool, Walton

asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning how many houses or other units of accommodation have fallen disuse, been demolished or been diverted to uses other than domestic since 1945.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Returns received from 1,411 out of 1,470 housing authorities show that during the period from 1st April, 1945, to 31st March, 1951, 34,399 unfit houses have been demolished, and 5,387 houses have been closed. I have no information as to the number of houses diverted to other uses.

Photo of Sir Cyril Black Sir Cyril Black , Wimbledon

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any comparison between the figures that he has just given to the House and the figures for the corresponding period before the war?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

That was not what I was asked. If the hon. Member will put down a Question I will try to obtain the material.

Photo of Mrs Lucy Middleton Mrs Lucy Middleton , Plymouth, Sutton

Will my right hon. Friend say how many of these closed or demolished dwellings have been developed under private enterprise and how many under municipalities?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I would say that they were all built by private enterprise.