asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that certain owners of vacant houses are refusing to let them to possible tenants; and whether he will take steps by increasing the powers of local authorities, or otherwise, to compel owners of such property to let at reasonable rentals after the lapse of a specified period when their houses become vacant?
My attention has been drawn to a few districts in London where there are vacant houses. I am making inquiries to ascertain what are the special reasons for their remaining empty, and I shall be glad to consider any information which my hon. Friend may care to send to me. As he knows, I have already delegated powers to local authorities for requisitioning houses for people who are required to move in connection with the war effort.
Has the right hon. Gentleman any information regarding houses to let in North-East London? Does he appreciate how galling it is for people who need houses to be refused them?