15 FEBRUARY 1930, Page 31

The Housing of the Working Classes of Scotland, by Major

C. W. Clark (Glasgow, Nisbet, 12s. 6d. boards and 15s. cloth), contains interesting comparisons between housing conditions on either side of the Tweed and many useful statistics regarding population-grouping, not only in Scotland but in this country. The publication of surveys such as this is a useful beginning to the great task that lies to the hand of this generation in making the homes of Britain fit for its inhabitants. We would mention also, in this connexion, a lithographed statement, obtainable from that excellent body, the National Housing and Tcain Planning Council, 41 Russell Square, W.C. 1, showing from the annual reports of the Medical Officers of Health for sixteen London boroughs and thirty-five other English towns that the terrible conditions of overcrowding that we have so often condemned continue unabated. A third leaflet, perhaps even more valuable than the foregoing owing to its " human " side, is a Report on a Survey of Housing Conditions in a Salford Area prepared by the Manchester Social Service Group of the Auxiliary Movement, and obtain- able for ad. (we do not know whether post-free or not) from the lion. Sec., Social Service Group, Moss Grove, Wardle Road, Sale, Cheshire. We wish, however, that such em:ellent reports did not have so muck preliminary palaver of names and titles : it is liable to deter the reader who would otherwise be interested in learning what' a group of young people, animated by a high sense of civic duty, had to say about an area of the Manchester shims which they surveyed for themselves. Mr. Simon writes a foreword. We hope to return to the subject.