chapter  VI
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Housing and Slum Clearance

No one who is acquainted with the housing effort made in this country since the Great War will dispute the magnitude of the achievement or under-rate the contribution which it has made and is making to working-class welfare. It is astonishing, however, considering the enormous public expenditure in­ volved, the many changes in policy that have been introduced, and the widespread interest in the subject, that there has been no Royal Commission appointed to enquire into the situation and advise whether the best steps are being taken to attain the desired ends.1 If there had been a contemporary Royal Commission on Housing it is scarcely possible that the utter planlessness of the housing movement in the London Region would have escaped attention, or the tangle of areas and authori­ ties for housing purposes allowed to remain in existence.