HC Deb 16 November 1944 vol 404 c2123
68. Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the Minister of Health how many premises in Weymouth have been requisitioned by Government departments and the local authority; how many of these are now unoccupied; and whether he will cause a proportion of those now unoccupied to be released at an early date.

Mr. Willink

Seven properties have been requisitioned by the Local Authority for purposes with which my Department is concerned, all of which are occupied. I am not in a position without extensive inquiries to say how many properties in the town are requisitioned by or under other Departments and how many of these are unoccupied. As regards the last part of the Question, it is the intention that all requisitioned premises shall be released as soon as circumstances permit, but my Noble Friend will appreciate that the fact that any such premises are at the moment unoccupied does not necessarily imply that they are no longer required for the purposes for which they were requisitioned.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Will my right hon. and learned Friend kindly conduct the extensive investigations to which he has alluded in view of the anxiety of many of my constituents to return to their houses and business premises?

Mr. Willink

My Noble Friend should consult the Departments concerned.