Mr. J. JONES
asked the Parliamentary-Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions 1339W whether he is aware that, pending the completion of a building scheme, the rural district council of Limps field are anxious to hire a number of Army huts at present on Limpsfield Common and thus find temporary accommodation for a number of ex-soldiers and others and their -families; whether the Disposal Hoard lifts power to let Army huts on hire; and, if not, whether, in view of the difficulty in the way of a local authority purchasing these huts and in order to meet to some extent the present house shortage, power will be given to the Disposal Board to meet the request of the Limpsfield rural district council?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
The huts at Limpsfield have not been declared surplus nor have the local authority made any application in regard to them. On the general question I am at present discussing with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health the terms on which surplus Army huts can be disposed of to local authorities in connection with their housing schemes. There are obvious financial objections to the Government undertaking to let them but on hire.