HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 cc506-7
26. Mr. George Wallace

asked the Minister of Health if he will give powers to local authorities enabling them to requisition parts of occupied properties not fully utilised as living accommodation.

Mr. Bevan

No, Sir, but I am prepared to consider making a special delegation of my requisitioning powers in appropriate cases in respect of premises which are seriously under-occupied.

Mr. Wallace

Would my right hon. Friend explain if this provision will apply to rooms which are kept absolutely bare of furniture and are not utilised to any degree?

Mr. Bevan

No, it is necessary that the house should be proved to be under-occupied, but it is not desired to make unnecessary hardship by putting in some families on top of other families.

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