§ Mr. D. REID
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware that, notwithstanding the great dearth of houses suitable for the occupation of sailors and soldiers in Donaghadee, County Down, five houses are at present vacant in that town formerly occupied by coastguards; and whether, seeing that repeated offers have been made by ex-service men for occupancy, he will consider the advisability of handing over this property to the Donaghadee urban authority for the purpose of providing houses for such ex-service men in accordance with the provisions of the Sailors' and Soldiers' Housing (Ireland) Act?
§ Sir J. BAIRD
I understand that there are five houses available for letting at Donaghadee, for which four applications have been received, one only being from a local resident. I am unable to consider the handing over of this property to the local authority, but applications from ex-coastguard men and members of life-saving crews may be sent to my Department.