§ Mr. Reeves
asked the Minister of Works whether in view of the heavy prospective demand for holiday accommodation during the summer of 1946 and the scarcity of accommodation at the various holiday resorts, he will authorise the use by appropriate organisations of ordnance hostels, suitably adapted, which are now redundant to production requirements.
§ Mr. Wilson
I am fully aware of the importance of providing holiday accommodation, and I will bear my hon. Friend's suggestion in mind, but the number of hostels which have been notified to my Department as surplus is extremely small. The demands on them, to meet such requirements as teachers' training colleges and police training colleges, and also local authority requirements for housing purposes, exceed the supply. Most of the hostels, moreover, were built near the industrial establishments in which the hostel residents were employed.