§ Mr. Molson
asked the Minister of Agriculture how many hostels are still under requisition to his Department or to the Ministry of Works for his use; the number of inmates and the estimated annual cost.
Mr. T. Williams
The number of agricultural hostels is being steadily reduced; 282 were held under requisition by my Department or by Ministry of Works on my behalf on 31st October last. The number of workers (excluding staff) was 11,100. The cost to the Exchequer in respect of requisitioned hostels (including Ministry of Works and administration costs) in the financial year 1950–51 is estimated at £785,000.