§ 18. Mr. Assheton
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the hardship suffered by house-owners who are unable to obtain possession of their own house owing to requisitioning by local authorities; and for how 1945 long it is intended to permit local authorities to retain these wartime powers which prevent a householder being able to live in his own home.
§ Mr. Assheton
Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate when he may be able to make a further statement on this matter, because the power which he is now exercising is certainly one of the most tyrannical powers that it is possible to exercise in time of peace?
§ Mr. Gerald Williams
In cases where houses have been requisitioned and not used for six months or even a year, has the house owner no redress?
§ Major Bramall
While accepting the right hon. Gentleman's statement, may I ask whether he has any powers to compel local authorities to return a house to a house owner when the house owner himself is being accommodated in other requisitioned accommodation because his own house has been requisitioned?
§ Mr. Anthony Greenwood
Is my right hon. Friend aware that more extensive requisitioning by local authorities would be widely welcomed by the public?