HC Deb 20 March 1951 vol 485 c2284
26. Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

asked the Minister of Works why it is the policy of his Department to offer houses, of which it has to dispose, to sell and not to let.

Mr. Stokes

All property, other than for the public service, is held by my Ministry for disposal only. The Ministry is not a housing authority and when it has houses for disposal, it tries to sell them outright to the local authority.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that his Department is rather more expeditious in negotiations in future, because it causes considerable annoyance to would-be tenants when houses remain empty for years?

Mr. Stokes

Yes, Sir. certainly.