Huts, Little Stukeley

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire 12:00 am, 27th November 1946

asked the Secretary of State for Air when the hon. Member for Huntingdon may expect a reply to his letter of 12th September, asking for the handing over to the Hunts County Council of certain huts at Little Stukeley aerodrome which are urgently required for the accommodation of civilian employees of the county council, many of whom are married ex-Servicemen.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Nottingham Central

I hope to send the hon. Member a further letter by the end of the week.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that negotiations have been going on for over 12 months on this subject and that there are 100 huts in that particular area, and since only just these few are needed urgently, will he please do something about it very quickly?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey De Freitas Mr Geoffrey De Freitas , Nottingham Central

I am not aware that negotiations have been going on for 12 months. The difficulty has been a shortage of manpower. It has been impossible to move the 11,000 bicycles which are at present in the huts. In any event it is not certain that the huts are suitable for housing accommodation.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the bicycles were put in the huts that are particularly required long after negotiations were started, and that a lot of the trouble would not have arisen but for that fact?