HC Deb 26 May 1949 vol 465 cc1435-6
16. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Minister of Health what assistance is given by his Department to local authorities which are prepared to provide temporary accommodation for evicted families; and what conditions must be observed in order that premises may be approved by him for this purpose.

Mr. Bevan

I am prepared to delegate to housing authorities power to requisition large unoccupied houses suitable for adaptation at reasonable cost to provide emergency accommodation. Expenditure incurred in providing this accommodation is reimbursed.

Mr. Skinnard

Would the Minister be willing to add to that provision a grant to help local authorities who wish to put up accommodation of the hutment type?

Mr. Bevan

I would like to have the precise scheme before me before making a judgment.

17. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Minister of Health what proposals for the provision of temporary accommodation for evicted families have been submitted to his Department by the Harrow Urban District Council; and with what result.

Mr. Bevan

Proposals have been submitted and tenders invited for the adaptation of a requisitioned property to provide emergency accommodation for six families.