HC Deb 11 May 1950 vol 475 cc77-8W
34. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Health what limits he has set to the length of time for which local councils can hold house property under requisition; and if he is aware particularly of the hardship caused in many cases where leasehold property has been requisitioned for an indefinite period.

Mr. Bevan

Under existing legislation the power to retain property under requisition will expire in December, 1952, but the period can be extended by Order in Council. I am always ready to consider cases of exceptional hardship which may be brought to my notice, but I must have proper regard for the interests of the occupants of the requisitioned premises.

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