HC Deb 02 December 1947 vol 445 cc169-70
3. Mr. J. L. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he is aware that dwelling-houses at 191, Hill Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow, have been vacant since five families were evicted from them in July last; and if he will take steps, on a recommendation from the local authority, to have them requisitioned for dwelling purposes.

Mr. T. Fraser

My right hon. Friend authorised Glasgow Corporation to take possession of this accommodation on 12th September, and formal notice was served on the owners on 16th September. The owners represented that the accommodation had been bought for occupation by a homeless ex-Service man and, after consultation with the Corporation, its release was agreed to. I understand that the condition of the accommodation is unsatisfactory and that fairly extensive works will be required to make it suitable for occupation.

Mr. Williams

Is my hon. Friend aware that this promise was made by the owner last September, but that the premises are still empty?

Mr. Fraser

I think the premises were bought by the present owner about December, 1946, and that people have been living in the house since then. The question of its being requisitioned was raised during the summer months, and I have indicated to my hon. Friend what has happened since then.