§ 61. Mr. ROWLANDS
asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the difficulty which demobilised soldiers are finding to obtain houses for themselves and families, and the many cases where the wife and children have gone into smaller accommodation while the man was in the Army, the landlords now refuse, to let them have houses; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Major Astor)
I have been asked to reply to this question. I am aware of the great difficulties occasioned by the shortage of houses, and we are using every endeavour to secure the provision of new accommodation. I believe local authorities will give special consideration to the needs of demobilised soldiers in the letting of houses as they are provided under their schemes.
§ Sir A. YEO
What steps do the Government intend to take to get houses for these men? They are refused because they have children, while the nation is talking about child-life?
§ Major ASTOR
We believe that the houses provided by the local authorities under our proposals will enable all parties to get houses whether they have children or not.
§ Mr. ROWLANDS
What is being done to meet the immediate emergency which must be dealt with before the houses are in existence?
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Will the hon. Gentleman consider legislation giving priority to people with children in the allocation of small houses?