HC Deb 01 March 1948 vol 448 cc15-6W
85. Mr. Teeling

asked the Minister of Works how many food offices in England are in requisitioned property belonging to shops and normally used for trading purposes; whether he will consider raising this burden on individual firms, and requisitioning property belonging to local authorities.

Mr. Key

There are 1,200 food offices in England and Wales, excluding sub-offices, and I could not say without detailed examination how many are in requisitioned property. Local authorities in general have no vacant accommodation available, and I am unwilling to requisition space already in use. I am doing all I can to find and provide alternative accommodation in order to release requisitioned premises generally.