§ Major Bruce
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many of the 116 flats and houses in the city of Portsmouth held on requisition by his Department on 16th October, 1945, have been released since that date; and whether he will now announce a material reduction in his Department's requirements for requisitioned property.
Thirty-nine of the 116 houses and flats have been released. Most of those retained are for the accommodation of members of the W.R.N.S., many of whom are working the demobilisation procedure. The accelerated release of W.R.N.S. should result in a substantial reduction by the autumn in the number of properties held in the area.