HC Deb 13 October 1943 vol 392 c864
30. Mr. Simmonds

asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of empty houses which were on requisition by his Department on 1st January, 1943, but were not being used, and the number of these which still remain unused to-day?

Sir A. Sinclair

No central record is maintained of empty requisitioned properties, and I regret that information about the position on 1st January last could not now be readily obtained. I will gladly, however, arrange for information about the present position to be obtained and communicated to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Simmonds

Will the right hon. Baronet bear in mind that in more than one case the Air Ministry is retaining empty houses on requisition when other Departments are requiring them for housing war workers? Will he see that there is no reproach against the Department on this account in future?

Sir A. Sinclair

I should be very sorry if there was any ground for reproach.