HC Deb 03 April 1947 vol 435 cc2226-7
98. Mr. Erroll

asked the Minister of Works if he is aware that the continued requisitioning of 21, Portland Place, London, W.1, for office purposes is compelling the lessee to occupy the flat over the garage in the rear of the house, which is quite inadequate to house his family: and if he will take steps to have the premises derequisitioned at an early date so that the lessee may return to his home.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. Durbin)

These premises are in course of preparation for occupation by a staff of the Ministry of Health, and while I regret the inconvenience to the lessee I am unable to arrange for the premises to be derequisitioned at an early date.

Mr. Erroll

Does the Minister think it right that a Government Department should squat in a private house in peacetime?

Mr. Durbin

This is not a case which compares, on compassionate grounds, with other cases, and the provision of accommodation for the Ministry of Health is necessary in order to deal with the housing needs of poorer people.

Mr. Erroll

Is it sleeping accommodation?