HC Deb 12 May 1953 vol 515 c1051
42. Mr. Braine

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps have been taken to rehouse, at Basildon and elsewhere, families driven out of their homes by the floods and unable to return, either because the property is totally destroyed or rendered uninhabitable or for some other reason.

Mr. H. Macmillan

Families unable to find accommodation themselves have been helped by the housing authorities of both the flooded and other districts. In letting council houses, Canvey Island Urban District Council are giving these families first preference. Southampton Town Council, Hatfield Rural District Council, and Basildon New Town Corporation, among others, have also let houses to these families.

Mr. Braine

While my constituents are grateful to those local authorities who came to their assistance, nevertheless there still remains a "rump" of families for whom no accommodation has been found. I wonder whether my right hon. Friend can pursue the matter, particularly with regard to my corporation?

Mr. Macmillan

If my hon. Friend will tell me of individual cases, I will see what I can do.