§ Mr. Bevan
I have already sufficient powers for requisitioning premises of the kind referred to by my hon. Friend. I have delegated them to the clerks of local authorities since those authorities are the best judges of the housing needs in their localities and have the necessary organisation for managing the properties. I am confident that these powers are in 337 general adequately used, but if my hon. Friend has any particular case in mind I shall be happy to consider it.
§ Mr. H. Hynd
What does the Minister propose to do about reactionary local authorities who do not use these powers?
§ Mr. Piratin
In view of the publicity given to the case of the Duchess of Bedford flats, what does the Minister propose to do?