Transferred War Workers

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons on 8th April 1943.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Minister of Health whether he can increase the minimum quantity of furniture supplied to transferred war workers in billets where they are accommodated in bare rooms only; and whether he will take steps to impress further on the householders concerned that hospitality to such workers is a social duty of importance in the war effort?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am not clear what the hon. Member has in mind, but if a householder on whom a war worker has been billeted is unable to provide a bed or bedding, arrangements have been made for these articles to be supplied from public stores. If the hon. Member will let me know of any particular difficulties which have been experienced, I will have inquiries made, and I will look into the matters raised in the document to which he has referred in his recent letter to me. As regards the last part of the Question, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service and I take every opportunity to impress on householders the importance of this matter in the national interest, and I am glad to say that in general the response is very satisfactory.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Will the right hon. Gentleman look into the situation in the particular districts referred to in the document?

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Minister of Health whether transferred war workers are permitted to go on living in private houses, in which they have been billeted, during the absence, on holiday or for other causes, of the householders?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

In such circumstances it would be the normal practice to move the person billeted to other accommodation for the time being.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is an unpatriotic minority of householders who do treat billetees with rudeness and inhospitality and will even go away for a week or two in order to avoid having workers billeted in their houses? Can he do anything about this?