§ 5. Mr. A. R. W. Low
asked the President of the Board of Trade why, when his Department is responsible for assisting owners of requisitioned hotels to re-equip and recondition their hotels after de-requisition, letters dated 4th and 31st December from Blackpool Cliffs Hotel to the Tourist Catering and Holiday Services Division of the Board of Trade have not been answered; and what licences, permits and dockets he intends to issue in this case.
§ Mr. H. Wilson
These letters which, incidentally, were sent to the wrong address, were forwarded immediately they were received to the British Tourist and Holidays Board, who are responsible for the distribution of rationed equipment within the hotel industry. The Tourist Board replied to the first letter on 10th December enclosing the necessary application form. This completed form has not yet been returned, but in case it has been overlooked the British Tourist and Holidays Board are sending a duplicate. It is regretted that owing to an oversight the letters were not acknowledged by the Board of Trade before being forwarded to the Tourist Board. As soon as the required information is provided the case will be sympathetically considered.
§ Mr. Wilson
I cannot guarantee that the hon. Gentleman's constituents will always send things to the right address. That was the trouble here.