HC Deb 20 July 1944 vol 402 cc341-2
38. Mr. Norman Bower

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the irritation among people living under overcrowded conditions at the sight of residential accommodation being used for storage purposes; and whether he will modify the terms of Circular 2845 in such a way as to permit local authorities to requisition residential premises used for storage purposes only.

Mr. Willink

I cannot give any general authorisation to requisition in such circumstances, but there is no reason why the local authority should not approach the owner or occupier to investigate the possibilities of storing the contents elsewhere. I would remind my hon. Friend, however, that storage accommodation is limited, and authorisation or licence by the appropriate Government Department is necessary for the use of premises for the purpose of storage.