Oral Answers to Questions — Housing Accommodation.

– in the House of Commons on 2nd July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the difficulties of domestic accommodation are increasing and are likely to become acute; whether he is considering means by which these difficulties shall be met in the ensuing months; and whether comprehensive plans expeditiously to meet the housing problem at the end of the war are receiving consideration?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The answer to all parts of the Question is "Yes."

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Would the right hon. Gentleman issue some report or a White Paper dealing with this problem and the prospects before us as regards housing? Will he consider publishing some facts about this matter before long?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I will consider that, but, as the House is aware, it was only a few months ago that I reconstituted the Central Housing Advisory Committee, which has urgent matters' under consideration now.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to cases of young married couples seeking accommodation who have been refused tenancies because they have a young child or also because the husband is serving in the Forces; and whether he will take action to prevent house-agents and others exercising this discrimination?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

One or two such cases have been brought to my notice, but I do not believe that they are other than very exceptional. As my hon. Friend will be aware, my powers of billeting and requisitioning are sufficient to enable me to ensure that the needs of people who are required to move in connection with the war effort are met.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

If I send the right hon. Gentleman specific cases, will he look into them and advise me in regard to them?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I will look into them at once.