Industrial Premises, London (Evictions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1945.

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Photo of Mr Haydn Davies Mr Haydn Davies , St Pancras South West 12:00 am, 17th December 1945

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that Telco, Limited, machine tool makers, of Gordon Square on the Bedford Estate, in spite of repeated protests, have been given notice to quit on 25th March next; and whether, in view of the fact that similar evictions of small industrial firms and commercial businesses are taking place all over the London area, he will consider taking the necessary powers to prevent such evictions during the transition period.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to him on 12th November.

Photo of Mr Haydn Davies Mr Haydn Davies , St Pancras South West

Could I ask my right hon. and learned Friend how much more evidence he requires of these cases, happening all over London, before he makes any move?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

There would have to be a very considerable volume of evidence before I could ask Parliament to legislate for this purpose.

Photo of Mrs Barbara Gould Mrs Barbara Gould , Hendon North

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the increasing number of firms in the London area who have been, or are being, given notice to quit their existing premises, he will, in the interests of maintaining supplies and services, take powers tinder the Defence (General) Regulations, 1939, to protect these firms against eviction during the difficult period of transition to peacetime operations.

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

No, Sir. I have not sufficient evidence of the necessity.

Photo of Mrs Barbara Gould Mrs Barbara Gould , Hendon North

May I ask my right hon. and learned Friend how much evidence he requires? A number of firms are suffering seriously from being turned out; how much evidence is necessary to get something done?

Photo of Sir Stafford Cripps Sir Stafford Cripps , Bristol East

It would be necessary, I think, to show a widespread occurrence of this difficulty before we should take any action.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Is the Minister not aware that the only way to stop this practice of dog eating dog is for the Government to take over all the industries?