§ Mr. Manning
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that his officers were informed by the Camberwell Council on 29th November last of their failure to secure two necessary additional housing managers; that on the date mentioned his officers offered to endeavour to obtain two officers, but on 16th January, 1945, they merely authorised the engagement of two housing managers; and in view of the fact that this council is in arrears with its collection of rents, what further action he proposes to take.
§ Mr. Willink
The statement of the facts in my hon. Friend's Question requires some amplification. The letter of 16th January formally authorised the appointment of two additional officers, but the Camberwell Council were already aware that their needs had been made known to both the Society of Housing Managers and the Ministry of Labour. I regret that it is beyond my power to produce staff for local authorities on demand, but I fully appreciate Camberwell's need and will continue to give them all the help I can.