HC Deb 16 April 1947 vol 436 cc164-5
13. Mrs. Leah Manning

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if any planned scheme exists for the requisitioning of German homes for English families; what becomes of the evacuated families; and whether they are allowed to keep their furniture and the gardens attached to their homes.

Mr. J. Hynd

Normally requisitioning takes place only after consultation with the German housing authorities, who are responsible for providing suitable alternative accommodation for displaced Germans.. As for the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 19th March to my hon. Friend the Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen).

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

While I did not hear the Minister's reply, I would like to ask him to bear in mind that the apparently indiscriminate requisitioning of houses in Germany has done almost more than anything else to lower British prestige and justice in the eyes of the Germans.

Mr. Hynd

There is no indiscriminate requisitioning On the contrary, the difficulties in accommodating our own people are very much wrapped up in this question, and the fullest possible consideration is given to German accommodation.