57. Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that there are a large number of empty houses which are being withheld from occupation; and, as the Government has made no provision for dealing with the same in their Housing Bill, will he take steps to introduce a special Measure 2246 authorising local authorities to make use of such houses, and thereby provide immediate accommodation for thousands of families?
§ Mr. WHEATLEY
I am aware that in many cases houses are held for sale, but, as I have stated in reply to similar questions, I cannot undertake to introduce special legislation to deal with this matter during the present Session.
§ Sir K. WOOD
Could the right hon. Gentleman influence one or two of his colleagues, and let them start and show an example?
§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
Are the Government prepared to give facilities for a. Bill to enable the Government to let houses which they own, instead of holding them up for sale?