§ 14. Mr. Lewis
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware of the continued anomaly confronting thousands of people living in unsatisfactory housing conditions who are, through no fault of their own, unable to gain admittance on to any local 250 authority's housing list, due to the wide variance of application of the priority need and basis; and whether he will now take powers to allocate houses on a national basis.
§ Mr. Sandys
I am, of course, aware of this problem. None the less, I think it best to leave local authorities to choose their own tenants.
§ Mr. Lewis
I appreciate that the Minister is aware of the problem, but is he also aware of the problem confronting local authorities? Is he aware that there are in the East End of London thousands of people who have been bombed out three or four times and who cannot get on any housing list at all? Will he not, at least, ask the local authorities where the people are now living, where they were living, or where they hope to live, to help these people by taking them on their housing lists?
§ Mr. Speaker
I have no doubt about the sincerity of the question. I waited for the Minister to answer, but he did not do so, and so I called the next Question.
§ 31. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what 251 further consideration has been given to the problems, respectively, of families urgently needing accommodation who, for technical reasons, cannot be accepted for any local authority housing list and of persons or families who are homeless and need accommodation in half-way homes or similar centres.
§ Mr. Sandys
Advice on these problems is contained in two reports prepared last year by the Central Housing Advisory Committee. These reports were sent for information to all housing authorities, and I am sending copies to the hon. Member.
§ Mr. Sorensen
I thank the Minister for so intending. Is he aware that in many parts of the country—hon. Members must be acquainted with this—there are tragic cases of families having to walk the streets, having been evicted from their houses and unable to find accommodation? Does the recommendation he sent to local authorities cover that point?