HC Deb 11 April 1946 vol 421 cc2089-90
75. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the methods, such as the concealing of the addresses of the selling agencies, which have been used to thwart his recent instructions to local authorities to requisition houses advertised for sale, with vacant possession; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter.

Mr. Bevan

The power which I have delegated to the clerks of local authorities is that of requisitioning unoccupied dwellings so that they may be used by persons in need of accommodation. I am not aware of any general difficulties over this, but I am considering whether the procedure should be tightened up in certain respects.

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