§ 108. Mr. Sparks
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many unoccupied dwellings in London and Greater London areas have been requisitioned by local authorities upon his direction since 1st November, 1951.114W
§ 114. Mr. Sparks
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware of the growing number of houses and flats in London and Greater London standing empty for long periods largely on account of high premiums for contents being made a condition of sale or tenancy; and, in view of the inability of local authorities to acquire such property at reasonable prices, if he will permit local authorities to acquire such property at reasonable prices, if he will permit local authorities to requisition such dwellings for persons who are homeless or in the greatest need.
§ Mr. Marples
My right hon. Friend is always ready to entertain compulsory purchase orders made by local authorities for the acquisition of suitable empty properties. At this date he does not think that war-time requisitioning powers should be used save in exceptional circumstances.