HC Deb 03 July 1951 vol 489 cc2120-1
8. Mr. Baker White

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that his Department have taken over No. 2 Roper Road, Canterbury, as a recruiting office, thereby depriving the city of a dwelling house, where there is still an acute shortage; and why alternative accommodation on War Department property was not used for this purpose.

Mr. Wyatt

It has been found that recruiting conducted from civilian premises produces better results than from Army barracks, which as a rule are not so accessible for civilians. This requiting office, to which the only alternative is an Army barracks, will be occupied by the Army recruiter, an ex-soldier, and his wife. They will leave their present house in Canterbury, so that the city will not be deprived of a dwelling-house.