HC Deb 05 April 1927 vol 204 cc1871-2
24. Brigadier - General CLIFTON BROWN

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to a resolution recently passed by the Bradfield Rural District Council as to the shortage of housing accommodation for the rural inhabitants owing to War Office employes at the Army-Ordnance depot at Bramley crowding them out; and whether he will make adequate provision for the housing of all the War Office employés at this depot or make a grant to the council to build houses for these Government employés?


I have received a copy of the resolution referred to. But as I explained to my hon. and gallant Friend on 10th March last, the housing of the civilian population is primarily a matter for the local civil authorities, and while Government quarters have been provided at Bramley for certain civilian employés whose duties are of such a nature that they must live in close proximity to their work, I regret that I cannot hold out any prospect of further assistance in this direction from Army Funds.

Brigadier-General BROWN

Does the right hon. Gentleman consider it right that a big Government Department should put the onus of finding houses for their employés on the poor ratepayers of these rural districts, and will he consider making a change in his policy?


It is a question of which Government Department should interest itself in the matter. I cannot do the work of another Government Department.

Major GLYN

Did not the Admiralty make arrangements at Devonport?


Yes, and I think it quite possible that at Bramley a somewhat similar arrangement can be made. As the hon. Gentleman knows, a different form of arrangements has been made to help employés.