3 MAY 1930, Page 18

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

Sin,—There is one serious problem connected with the shuns which seems to have been overlooked. With regard to "clearance areas," under the new Bill the position seems fairly clear, but the " improvement areas" are less simple, and present one special problem which there is no attempt to

As I understand it, these areas are to be dealt with princi- pally by removing some of the overcrowded inhabitants to municipal houses under the subsidy. These families will then have the assistance of a subsidized rent ; but what is to be done for those who are left behind ? There is no reason to suppose that the latter will be better able thanthe former to afto_rd an "economic rent." Are we to rely on the increased supply to bring rents down to an uneconomic figure, or are we to allow these people to continue in an overcrowded con- dition, paying increased rates to subsidize their former com- panions who have now moved to _ municipal houses ? The first suggestion seems an uncertain and somewhat unjust procedure, and the second even more so. Can your correspon- dents, Captain.Townroe or Mr. Claude Leigh, tell me how this dilemma is.to be evaded ?—I am, Sir, &c., NEMO. _