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Crown Property (Evictions)

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how often, during the last six months, local government authorities have applied for requisitioning powers under Defence Regulation 51 in cases where tenants are threatened with eviction from Crown property.

Would the Minister reaffirm that it is his intention to use his powers of requisition, provided the local borough councils make the necessary application for this action to be taken?

There was only one occasion when it was necessary, and the application for requisition was not issued because the landlord withdrew the notice to quit.


asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will again draw the attention of local councils by circular to his powers of requisitioning under Defence Regulation 51 in order that tenants on Crown property may have a measure of protection against eviction.

In view of the comparatively small number of local authorities affected by this problem I do not think that a general circular is appropriate, but I hope to make a statement shortly.

Is the Minister aware that there have been instances in my constituency of dissatisfaction with the action taken by the local borough council?

My hon. Friend will appreciate that there will very soon be an opportunity for a general statement in the ordinary course of the business of the House.

Is it not a fact that by Circular 23/52, published on 19th February, the right hon. Gentleman instructed local authorities not to requisition any further properties?