HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 c835
22. Mr. Molson

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that German prisoners of war employed in Buxton were to be accommodated in the town, but that squatters have now taken possession of the intended accommodation; and what action the Government proposes to take.

Mr. de Freitas

Yes, Sir. We do not intend to use this camp for prisoners of war, and the local authority are considering converting the habitable section for housing.

Mr. Molson

Is it the case that it had been the intention of the Department to use this camp for prisoners of war until it was occupied by squatters, and that the Government then changed their mind as a result of the squatting?

Mr. de Freitas

I would not like to say entirely that. At one moment we did intend to go there, but now we find it more convenient to go elsewhere.