HC Deb 10 October 1944 vol 403 cc1562-3
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.

Mr. Astor

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 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.

Mrs. Tate

Is the Minister aware that conditions in some boroughs of London are so chaotic, that volunteer builders from the West country think it is an absolute waste of time to be there?

Mr. Astor

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?

Mr. Attlee

I have not said that he should not. I only want to see the Question on the Paper.

Mr. Barnes

Can the Minister say whether arrangements are already in hand to meet that point?