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APPENDIX II

Expenditure on Street Cleansing, including Street Sweeping and Watering, Gully Cleansing, and Snow Removal, for the Year ended on the 31st March, 1926.

Summary of Returns from County Borough Councils.

(Loan or depreciation charges and expenditure for new plant out of revenue included;

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(b) The return did not include any expenditure on snow removal.

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(a) The cost of gully cleansing was not included in the return.

(b) The return did not include any expenditure on snow removal.

APPENDIX III.

CANAL BOATS ACTS, 1877 AND 1884.

Report of Mr. Owen J. Llewellyn, Inspector under the Canal Boats Acts, for the Year 1926.

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I have the honour to present to you my twenty-eighth Annual Report, as required by section 4 of the Canal Boats Acts, 1884.

The tendency to make less and less use of all canals persists, and I attribute this to the growth of motor traction on the roads. Possibly an exception might be made in the case of certain rivers and large waterways in direct touch with seaport towns, but as far as narrow boats on narrow canals are concerned, it would appear that both are, as a general rule, in a somewhat decadent state.

Curiously enough, it is on these canals that almost the only boats that are the sole homes for their inmates exist, and I am unable to find any decrease in the numbers of women and children inhabiting them. For instance, there are many children of school age and under on the craft that carry refuse and other waste material from Paddington Basin to the dumps. These children no longer escape a certain amount of school attendance, when in London, but their personal condition leaves much to be desired, although it does not appear that their health suffers to any extent. It seems desirable that steps should be taken to determine the occupation of such craft by children as soon as the general conditions permit. The traffic is purely local, and there is no reason why cabin boats should be used for it at all. Directly or indirectly all the cargoes concerned are derived from Metropolitan Sanitary Authorities.

It is worthy of note that families with no homes other than on the boat are now only to be found on narrow canals, and that where steam towage is taking the place of horses, the tendency is for the family to disappear.

It would seem that the Kennett and Avon Canal, the waterway connecting the Bristol Channel with the Thames, is now about to be added to the list of other moribund canals throughout England. Boats using it have been very scarce for many years, and I have no record for a long time of its being used by any boats containing children.

The long drawn out coal dispute diverted much traffic in the North and Midlands from its ordinary routes, and inspectors noted many strange boats in their home waters. In some places occasion was taken to overhaul and re-paint them.

Of late some Authorities on certain wide waterways in the North and East of England have registered boats under the Canal Boats Acts designed to perform the function of floating petrol stores, particularly at Runcorn. Owing to the sound precautions taken by their owners and the local inspectors against risk of fire, or explosion, there seems no call for any further regulation at present, but I am acquiring further information. Naturally the Acts of 1877 and 1884 did not contemplate such developments.

The use of boats propelled by internal combustion engines grows slowly, and no accidents from such use have been reported. At Brentford there have been two cases of fire in the cabins of ordinary canal boats from the explosion of oil lamps, but as the circumstances were similar to accidents on shore from a similar cause, I cannot see what remedy is possible, short of forbidding the use of the boats as dwellings altogether. Motor-propelled boats are lit by electricity.

Once again I desire to express my thanks to all the local canal boat inspectors, with very few exceptions indeed, both for the quality of their work and the keen interest they take in it. To particularize is unnecessary and would be invidious, although it may not be out of place to state that in some towns in which, previous to the War, the poorest work was done, there are now to be found inspectors whose work is as valuable in every respect as the work of those elsewhere.

I am,
Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

OWEN J. LLEWELLYN.

APPENDIX IV.

STATEMENT of the Results of Analysis of certain Articles under the Sale of Food and Drugs Acts during the Year 1926, and Comparison of Percentage Adulterated with that in the Year 1925.

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Progress of State-Assisted Housing Schemes during the Year 1926-27.

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APPENDIX VI.

STATEMENT showing the Town Planning Schemes Proposed or in Operation at the 31st March, 1927, and the Area included in the Schemes.

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LIST of the Town Planning Schemes Finally Approved by the Minister during the Year ended on the 31st March, 1927, the Schemes submitted during the Year and under consideration, and the Area included in each Scheme.

A.-Schemes Approved.

Great Crosby Urban District, Great Crosby (North Ward) Town Planning Scheme, 494 acres (30th July, 1926).

Kingston-upon-Hull City, North East Hull and Sutton Town Planning Scheme, 913 acres (including 539 acres in Sculcoates Rural District) (28th March, 1927).

Margate Borough, Margate Town Planning Scheme, two areas comprising 2,465 acres (including 749 acres in Isle of Thanet Rural District) (31st March, 1927).

Richmond Borough, Richmond (Surrey) Town Planning Scheme, 490 acres (30th July, 1926).

B.-Schemes under Consideration.

Beckenham Urban District, Beckenham Town Planning Scheme, three areas comprising 2,342 acres.

Cambridge Borough, Cambridge (East) Town Planning Scheme, 1,511 acres (including 502 acres in Chesterton Rural District).

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