HC Deb 28 November 1944 vol 404 c2388
41 and 42. Lieutenant-Commander Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for War (1) whether, as an emergency measure owing to the housing shortage, he will allow members of the Regular Army who hold temporary commissions and who, owing to being on service overseas prior to the outbreak of war, have no domicile in the U.K., to occupy any married quarters which are at present vacant;

(2) whether the regulation regarding the allotment of married quarters to other ranks only can be amended so as to make eligible for the occupancy of such accommodation members of the Regular Army who hold temporary commissions, but who are liable to be reduced to warrant or non-commissioned officer's rank after the war.

Sir J. Grigg

I outlined the arrangements now in force in a reply I gave my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Ilford (Mr. G. Hutchinson) on 28th September. I realise that officers as well as other ranks are affected by the present shortage of houses, but officers are usually in a better position to make arrangements for their families and other ranks must, clearly, come first.

Lieutenant - Commander Hutchison

Would my right hon. Friend consider adopting a measure of flexibility in dealing with cases where there are vacant married quarters?

Sir J. Grigg

I would like to consider that, but in the particular case in which my hon. and gallant Friend is interested, I do not think there are any grounds for any change.