It is the practice of my Department in these difficult cases to give as long notice as is possible, in order that questions of relative hardship may be dealt with in advance. In this case, in view of the urgency of the representations for requisitioning made to my Department, it was not possible to give more than a very brief notice. I am not aware that hardship has been caused to the parties concerned in this case, and I repeat the assurance I have already given to my hon. Friend in a recent letter, that any representations in favour of ending requisitioning which may be made in this case will receive my full and sympathetic consideration.
The Defence Regulation does not require notice to be given, but it is our usual practice. The hon. Baronet knows from the letter that I sent him that the information given us was that the man for whom the bungalow was wanted was a "key" war-worker.