§ Mr. Bossom
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply, on what terms Mr. Butlin has been retained to erect hostels for munition workers; whether the hostels are designed to meet post-war requirements as well as present war needs; and who determines the site upon which they shall be erected?
§ Mr. Harold Macmillan
Mr. Butlin has been appointed as Director of Hostels without salary, allowances or expenses. The hostels are designed to meet wartime needs, and no special consideration has been given to post-war requirements. Mr. Butlin is not responsible for erecting or siting the hostels. The Ministry of Supply determine where the hostels shall be erected, the main consideration being accessibility to the factories where labour is needed for which sufficient accommodation cannot be provided locally. Other obvious factors are the suitability of the site for building purposes, transport facilities, interference with agriculture, and similar questions.