HC Deb 31 May 1945 vol 411 c341
27 and 31. Mr. Pritt

asked the Minister of Health (1) what steps he will take to provide housing immediately for the people of Hammersmith and, in particular, for two families living in overcrowded conditions, particulars of which have been sent to him;

(2) whether he is aware that at an address in North Hammersmith, which has been communicated to him, six people are sleeping in one room and a seventh member of the family is shortly coming home on leave from the Forces; and what steps he is taking to deal with such cases.

Mr. Willink

Inquiries have been made into the three cases to which the hon. Member has drawn my attention. I have in response to the application of the local authority concerned allocated to them 250 temporary houses to supplement the programme for permanent houses which they have formulated. I have also delegated to the clerks to all local authorities power to requisition suitable property for the accommodation of those inadequately housed. Individual applications should be made to the local authority whom I have asked to examine the cases submitted by the hon. and learned Member.

Mr. Walter Edwards

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman inform the House how he intends to deal with requisitioned property for the inadequately housed, when, in many metropolitan boroughs, there is not sufficient property to requisition for the bombed-out families; and what is going to happen to the inadequately-housed families in one borough, when he brings to it families from other boroughs?

Mr. Willink

There are arrangements made through the Regional organisation whereby local authority boundaries become for this purpose by no means final.

Mr. McEntee

Will the right hon. Gentleman say how many houses have actually been allocated, and how many have actually been built?

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