Hostels (Closing).

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 19th March 1923.

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Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

67.

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, and to what extent, he proposes to close hostels and other buildings under the jurisdiction of the Office of Works?

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Ayr District of Burghs

The hostels, which were established solely as a war measure, are being closed, and the land on which they stand handed back to the owners, as it is no part of the duty of my Department, nor is it desirable, that it should manage such institutions. I do not understand the hon. Member's reference to the closing of other buildings.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

Can the right hon. Baronet give an approximate estimate of the limitation of housing accommodation in the country which will follow on the result of this action?

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Ayr District of Burghs

That is, obviously, a question which ought to be put down.

Photo of Mr George Jarrett Mr George Jarrett , Dartford

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the effect of closing one of these hostels means that nearly 300 men, mostly unemployed, will be thrown on the streets, and will he further consider the matter?