HC Deb 04 April 1940 vol 359 c319
67. Mr. Hannah

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to instances of hardship, especially in war-time, when men are moved from slum clearance areas to council houses far from their business or work; and can he see his way to permitting delay in cases where this would not slow up the re-housing of the population, especially where evacuated dwellings are not pulled down for months or years on account of the present state of the building trade?

Mr. Elliot

While isolated cases of the kind referred to by my hon. Friend may occur from time to time in the normal operations of slum clearance, I have no information to suggest that they are of frequent occurrence at the present moment. I do not think that it would be in the interest of families living in condemned houses to delay their transference to the new houses specially provided for them.

Mr. Hannah

Will it be possible in the few isolated cases of very hard conditions to make any exception?

Mr. Elliot

I am ready to consider cases put up by my hon. Friend.