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 Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley 12:00 am, 20th July 1954

The power to requisition property is the subject of a later Question on the Order Paper. It has not been used on house property, so far as I know, since the war, except in the very special emergency of the floods last year where we had to use it on one or two occasions. The problem of dealing with a large number of families still living in requisitioned property is a very complex one. We are working hard on it and the local authorities have given us very great support. I hope that we shall be able to clear it up within a reasonable time.