HC Deb 13 August 1919 vol 119 c1339W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether the fifteen hostels for munitions workers closed before the 20th March this year have now been reopened; if not, whether it is the intention of his Department to reopen them or to close the remaining hostels; how many hostels are at present closed; what number of people could be housed in the whole of the hostels belonging to his Department; and whether it would be desirable to transfer them to the Minister of Health in order that they might be kept open, with the staffs now or recently employed, for the benefit of the general public until the present house famine has been overcome?


The total accommodation of the Ministry hostels apart from Gretna and Birtley would be about 9,000; as my hon. Friend is aware, I am conferring with the Ministry of Health as to the best method of utilising Ministry hostels.