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Hostel, Doncaster (Eviction Notices)

Volume 440: debated on Monday 21 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Works if he has now reviewed the documents and information given to him by the hon. Member for Doncaster concerning the 352 adults and children now resident in the Queen's Drive Hostel, Bentley, Doncaster; whether he is aware that, of this number, 37 are working miners and 57 are ex-Service men with their families; and if he will ensure that before eviction notices are served or executed every effort will be made to provide alternative accommodation for all the families concerned.

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. The local authority, in conjunction with the Departments concerned, has been making every effort to find alternative accommodation for the people in this hostel, many of whom came from outside the authority's area, but the urgent need for bringing further miners to the coalfield has now made it necessary to take immediate steps to recover possession of the hostel, which will accommodate 500 single miners.