HC Deb 11 February 1946 vol 419 c36
Mr. John Foster

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Health what aid is being given to the town of Northwich, Cheshire, where hundreds of people have been rendered homeless and destitute by the overflowing of the river Weaver.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Key)

My right hon. Friend has asked for a report of the action taken by those locally responsible and he is in touch with the other Departments concerned. When fuller information is available he will communicate with the hon. Member.

Mr. Foster

Would the Minister of Health act as a co-ordinating Department urgently as there is a great deal of distress there, and a great deal of destruction of private possessions and goods?

Mr. Key

Yes, Sir; the negotiations with the other Departments are going on. Mr. Charles Williams: Will the hon. Gentleman see that these negotiations are not so slow as Government negotiations usually are?

Mr. Key

I think there must have been a change since the time of the hon. Gentleman's Government.

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