§ 26. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
asked the Minister of Health whether, without requiring applications from individual local authorities, he will delegate powers generally to all local authorities to requisition the unoccupied portions of residential property offered for sale with part-vacant possession.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
Is my right hon. Friend aware that he has expressed his willingness to consider applications from 2350 local authorities for these powers? Why impose that condition instead of granting these powers generally?
§ Mr. Bevan
Because these powers are conferred by statute upon the Minister of Health, and they are very wide and unusual powers. They were devolved by me upon the clerks to local authorities in exceptional conditions. The conditions are not now so exceptional, but where there are circumstances in which those powers could be used, I can be asked, and the powers can be exercised quickly.
§ Mr. Sparks
Why has my right hon. Friend withdrawn from the clerks to local authorities the delegated powers to requisition vacant accommodation for housing purposes?