HC Deb 23 October 1945 vol 414 cc1963-4W
Major Symonds

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the need for temporary housing accommodation during the coming winter, he will reverse the present policy of his Department, of releasing large requisitioned houses, and concentrating Army units in hutted camps, in view of the fact that such hutted camps can more quickly and easily be converted into temporary housing accommodation than can large houses.

Mr. Lawson

No, Sir. I am afraid I could not substantiate a refusal to release requisitioned properties when the military need for their retention has ceased. Moreover, the release of requisitioned properties at the earliest opportunity is in accordance with general Government policy.

Lieut.-Colonel Mackeson

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will issue orders for the Folkestone brickworks to be derequisitioned at once, or stop them from being used as a dump for salvage, in view of the fact that the local quartering commandant has already proposed putting them up for derequisition.

Mr. Lawson

If, as I assume, the hon. and gallant Member is referring to the Cheriton Brickworks, which are now used as a training area, they will be made available for release at about the end of the month.