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Service Hostel, Waterloo

Volume 476: debated on Monday 26 June 1950

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asked the Minister of Works when he will issue a building permit for a Service women's hostel near Waterloo Station.

It has not so far been possible to grant a licence because of the restrictions on capital investment announced by the Government last October. I am, however, arranging for the application to be kept under review.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that three applications for licences have been made so far, without success? Is he further aware that the provision of suitable accommodation for Service women passing through London is deserving of much more sympathetic consideration than some of the other propositions in respect of which licences have been so lavishly issued?

I am not prepared to accept the latter part of my hon. and gallant Friend's supplementary Question, but I can assure him that I have every sympathy with the proposition and that it will not be overlooked.