HC Deb 16 February 1948 vol 447 c808
10. Mr. Grimston

asked the Minister of Works when he expects to be able to announce a decision with regard to the availability of Penleigh Camp, Westbury, for housing purposes.

Mr. Key

Hostel accommodation for agricultural workers is required in the district and is proving difficult to arrange. It is unlikely that the permanent allocation of this camp will be settled before June.

Mr. Grimston

Is the Minister aware that, in the area, there are two other camps where hutted accommodation has been vacant for over 18 months, deteriorating, and is there nothing he can do to accelerate a decision in this matter by the other Department?

Mr. Key

I think the hon. Gentleman knows I have been trying to do a good deal to get the job settled, but it does not seem to be possible, in view of the existing circumstances, for me to say definitely that it can be done before June. If it is possible, I will see that it is done.