HC Deb 13 May 1948 vol 450 c231W
29. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the Minister of Health whether it is his policy to permit the indefinite retention, under requisition, of dwelling-houses which were originally requisitioned from the owners when they were absent on war service and which such owners now require for their own occupation; and whether he will now issue an instruction that all such property is to be released to the owners after a definite period.

Mr. Bevan

It is not possible to insist that all such houses or all such houses owned by Service men should be vacated within a specified time in view of the difficulty of finding alternative accommodation for existing occupiers. Every effort is, however, made to release houses from requisition for the personal occupation of the persons who owned them at the time of requisition and 5,897 dwelling-houses and flats have been released from requisition by my Department during the year ended 30th April, 1948.