HC Deb 27 April 1948 vol 450 cc25-6W
42. Mr. Frank Anderson

asked the Secretary of State for War why the house at 1 North Road, Egremont, is still standing empty and has been in this position for the last nine months; and is he aware that this is causing serious concern to the inhabitants of the district where there is an extreme shortage of houses.

Mr. Shinwell

This house is private property, of which the Cumberland Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association are the trustees. It was expected that a member of the Territorial Army permanent staff would be accommodated in the house, which has been undergoing repairs since November, but it has not prayed necessary to use it for this purpose. I understand that the Association have decided to lease it at once, if possible to a tenant connected with Territorial Army.