§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Minister of Technology what representations he has received regarding empty houses under his Department in Cumberland and their prospective use by industrial firms; and if he will ensure that all Government houses under his jurisdiction are released for persons coming into the area to work.
§ Mr. Varley
Representations have been received concurrently from the right hon. Member for Penrith and the Border (Mr. Whitelaw) and the clerk to the Border Rural District Council. The Department is selling houses to the Border R.D.C. Thirty-seven have already been sold, and negotiations over another 12 are in hand. Others will be sold as they become surplus.