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Civilian Housing Accommodation (Applications)

Volume 524: debated on Sunday 2 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the difficulties of discharged ex-Service men in finding housing accommodation when they have to leave married quarters; whether he is satisfied with the response of local authorities to Circular 8/52; and what steps are taken to inform all Service men that as length of time on the waiting lists of local authorities is normally an important factor in the allocation of housing, they should apply to their relevant authorities as many years occupiers concerned; and how many of each separate category were rejected or allowed.

The total number of appeals decided during 1953 was 1,593. Details are as follows:as possible before their anticipated discharge.

Yes. This is a problem common to all three Services and, as my noble Friend the Minister of Defence explained in a recent debate in another place, the Minister of Housing and Local Government is prepared to take up with the responsible local authorities any cases of difficulty brought to his notice. I can assure the hon. Lady that in the Army the need for making early application for civilian accommodation is brought to the notice of men about to leave the Colours.