§ 36. Mr. Pritt
asked the Minister of Health how many dwellings in habitable condition in the County of London have been unoccupied for three months or more up to some recent date for which a return can conveniently be made; whether he will encourage and facilitate the requisition of such dwellings by the Metropolitan borough councils in order to diminish the housing shortage; and whether he will seek additional powers of requisition to deal with such dwellings in cases where the owner or tenant cannot be traced.
§ Mr. Willink
Statistics are not available in the form required by my hon. and learned Friend in the first part of the Question. I am informed, however, that unoccupied accommodation in the London area which can be regarded as suitable for the types of persons to be rehoused has already been requisitioned, or is under consideration for requisitioning at the present time. If my hon. and learned Friend is aware of any property which is apparently unused, and he will give me particulars I will have inquiries made. In regard to the third part of the question, I am advised that the existing powers enable the competent authority to requisition in the circumstances envisaged.
§ Mr. Willink
I will look into the question of whether there is any misconception among local authorities, but I think my answer covers that point. I am advised in such cases the competent authority has power to requisition.