HC Deb 13 March 1940 vol 358 c1199
75. Sir W. Davison

asked the Attorney-General when the committee appointed by the Government to inquire into the serious position in which boarding-house keepers, apartment keepers, and others have been placed, largely owing to the evacuation policy of the Government, will submit their report; and when he expects to be able to make a statement on the matter?

The Attorney-General (Sir Donald Somervell)

The result of the inquiries referred to are now being considered by the Government. I am unable to state precisely when a decision will be reached, but the points raised are under examination.

Sir W. Davison

Does my right hon. and learned Friend realise the serious hardship which has been endured by so many of the people referred to in the Question owing to the great delay in the submission of this report, and will the Government proceed with great urgency in coming to a conclusion on this matter? Further, in view of the fact that the evacuation areas are suffering so much, could not some contribution be made from the reception areas?

The Attorney-General

I realise the hardship that has been suffered by the people referred to in my hon. Friend's Question, but I also realise—and I think my hon. Friend does too—that this is a problem for which there is no simple and obvious practical solution.

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