45. Mr. Astor
asked the Prime Minister what will be the role and authority of Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve regarding rehousing in London; and to what Minister should questions regarding his work be addressed.
§ The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)
Sir Malcolm Eve has been appointed by the Minister of Reconstruction with executive responsibility for concerting the activities of the various agencies—both Government Departments and local authorities—which are concerned in the London area with the repair of war damage and the provision of as much temporary living accommodation as can be made available for use as soon as possible. Questions relating to the work of a single Department should continue to be addressed to the Minister responsible for that Department. Questions of a more general character should for the time being be addressed to the Minister without Portfolio.
In view of the really serious situation prevailing in London, may I ask my right hon. Friend two paints? Would he arrange for regular, periodic 1563 meetings between Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve and London hon. Members; and, secondly, would he consider setting aside a day for the House to debate the situation in London?
§ Mr. Attlee
In regard to the first point, I would like to see that question on the Paper, and give it a full answer. The second point must be considered with regard to the other claims on the time of the House at present.
In view of the fact that Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve has already met representatives of the London Labour Party, would it not be right that he should also meet hon. Members who represent London constituencies?