HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 cc925-6
8. Mr. Osborne

asked the Undersecretary of State for Air if he is aware that there is only one person in the married quarters at Northcotes R.A.F. Station, Lincolnshire, and, in view of the shortage of houses, if he will now carry out his officially announced policy by offering the accommodation to the local authorities.

Mr. de Freitas

These married quarters are already being allocated to Royal Air Force families who are at present mostly in private houses. We have to take our turn in getting the quarters done up, but we are aiming to have them all ready and fully in use this autumn.

Mr. Osborne

Is it not a fact that a similar answer was given to me a few months ago? Is the Minister aware that I am told by my constituents that the quarters in question are still empty, and can he expedite the matter?

Mr. de Freitas

I have attempted to explain that we could not very well take men and materials out of turn and prejudice the local authorities of Lincolnshire in order to get these buildings ready for occupation, but if the hon. Member finds at any time that there are buildings there which are ready for occupation and are not occupied, I should like him to let me know.