HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 c745W
Sir J. Lucas

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that in some cases habitable houses, urgently needed, are standing empty in heavily bombed areas; that if the whereabouts of the owners, or in some cases the names of the owners, are unknown, the local councils have no power to requisition; and if he will authorise them to do so after advertisement in the local papers.

Mr. Willink

Local authorities already have the power to requisition suitable unoccupied premises for housing purposes in the circumstances mentioned. I am making inquiries into the particular case of which my hon. and gallant Friend has informed me.