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Requisitioned Property

Volume 413: debated on Thursday 23 August 1945

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India to what extent houses and other buildings are requisitioned for military purposes without the consent of Provincial Governments or local municipal authorities; approximately how many such buildings have been requisitioned; and, in view of overcrowding, what progress is being made in derequisitioning.

I am asking the Government of India for a report and will communicate with my hon. Friend when I receive it.

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that the statements have always been made by responsible persons who were about to be evicted and that in many cases owing to this requisitioning large numbers are likely to be evicted? Will he see that some speedy action is taken in the matter?

The request has already gone. I think my hon. Friend may take it that no time will be lost in dealing with the matter.