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 unoccupied dwelling-houses is now exercised only in most exceptional circumstances, the last occasion being that of the floods early in 1953. As the Government have no wish to retain premises on requisition longer than is absolutely necessary, local authorities are under instruction to make the maximum possible reduction in their holdings of requisitioned properties.