§ 67. Sir K. WOOD
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, and to what extent, he proposes to close hostels and other buildings under the jurisdiction of the Office of Works?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Sir John Baird)
The hostels, which were established solely as a war measure, are being closed, and the land on which they stand handed back to the owners, as it is no part of the duty of my Department, nor is it desirable, that it should manage such institutions. I do not understand the hon. Member's reference to the closing of other buildings.
§ Sir K. WOOD
Can the right hon. Baronet give an approximate estimate of 2089 the limitation of housing accommodation in the country which will follow on the result of this action?
§ Mr. JARRETT
Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the effect of closing one of these hostels means that nearly 300 men, mostly unemployed, will be thrown on the streets, and will he further consider the matter?