Unoccupied Premises.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Mr Henry Brooke Mr Henry Brooke , Lewisham West

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the difficulty of enforcing the Clearance of Lofts Order in unoccupied premises, where neither the owner nor any agent of his can be traced so as to secure the keys; and whether any power of forcible entry to see that in flammable material is removed exists in such a case?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The Order confers the right of entry to premises to which it applies. As regards the general question of unoccupied houses, I would refer to the reply which I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for St. Marylebone (Captain Cunningham-Reid) on 22nd May.