§ 12. Mr. William Teeling
asked the Minister of Works why the Electricity Board are being allowed to take over Princes Hotel, Hove; how much they are paying for it; how much it will cost them to re-equip; how many bedrooms this hotel had before the war; how many flats could have been made out of it; what would have been the cost to re-open it as an hotel; and why it has not been previously requisitioned for housing.
§ Mr. Teeling
Does the Minister realise that his predecessor told me on frequent occasions that no more property of this kind would be requisitioned, and can he say why it is being done now? Furthermore, is he aware that something like 2,000 families at Hove, of whom 1,000 are on the priority list, are waiting for houses? This is a complete scandal, and if he does not have the authority, at least he can use his influence to stop such a thing happening.
§ Mr. Marlowe
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he can ascertain from she Electricity Board whether they sought accommodation elsewhere than in Hove, which is already overcrowded?
Is the Minister aware that officials informed the local council that if they did not help them take these places over they had powers to requisition?
§ Mr. Teeling
In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I will raise the matter on the Motion for the Adjournment.