HC Deb 24 January 1940 vol 356 cc602-3W
Sir W. Davison

asked the Attorney-General when the committee appointed by the Government to inquire into the serious position in which boarding-house, apartment-house, and residential hotel keepers have been placed, largely by reason of the evacuation policy of the Government, are likely to present their report; and whether he will expedite it in view of the great hardships which are being suffered by these persons owing to the long delay on the part of the Government in dealing with the matter?

The Attorney-General

The House will appreciate, from the answer I gave to a Question by the hon. Member for Stourbridge (Mr. R. Morgan) on 2nd November last, that the scope of the investigations of the committee to which my hon. Friend's Question refers is a very wide one, covering the whole field of civil liabilities; also that the committee do not issue any formal report, but report from time to time to the Home Policy Committee, who then consider whether legislation or other remedial action should be set on foot. The position of the classes of person to whom the Question refers has received the particular attention of the committee and a close investigation made both of the nature of that position and of possible remedies. Of the possible remedies, there is not one which is not beset by difficulties and the investigations have necessarily taken time. An advanced stage has, however, now been reached, and the committee will be reporting on this subject to the Home Policy Committee very shortly.