HC Deb 06 November 1945 vol 415 c1077
39. Major Guy Lloyd

asked the Minister of Labour how many shop premises in this country have been requisitioned for the establishment of the labour advice bureaux; and what is the annual rent of these shops and the annual wages and salaries bill for their upkeep.

Mr. Isaacs

The Minister of Works, who is responsible for providing accommodation for my Department, informs me that 66 of the 371 special resettlement advice offices have been accommodated in shop premises held under compulsory requisitioning powers. The annual cost of compensation payable to the owners of these premises is about £12,000. The annual cost of their upkeep is not known at the moment.

Major Lloyd

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what is the attitude when the owner of a shop is anxious to get it back; are the Government still as stubborn about it or not?

Mr. Isaacs

I am afraid that I would have to ask my colleague the Minister of Works about that.