HC Deb 13 March 1941 vol 369 c1399
11. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Minister of Labour what steps are being taken to ensure that workmen transferred to new areas for work are suitably housed; and whether he is aware that some of those recently transferred have had to return because no suitable arrangements were made?

Mr. Bevin

My Department and the Ministry of Health have this matter constantly under review and work in close co-operation with the local authorities, who are being assisted in their task of finding accommodation by the grant of powers of compulsory billeting, where necessary, and of priority for approved housing schemes. Hostels are also being built by the Government. There have, 1 understand, been individual cases of transferred workers quoting dissatisfaction with the accommodation offered to them as a reason for returning home, but I am not aware that these have been numerous. I shall be glad if my hon. Friend will let me know of any particular cases which have come to his knowledge, so that I can have them looked into.