Requisitioned Houses

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1954.

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Photo of Sir Frank Medlicott Sir Frank Medlicott , Norfolk Central 12:00 am, 20th July 1954

Is it not clear that the widespread power to requisition property is a very serious interference with the rights of property owners and should be used only in the event of some pressing and continuing emergency? Could not my right hon. Friend indicate a date by which all these properties may be returned to their rightful owners?