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Ex-Regular Soldiers

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware of the difficulty experienced by Regular Service men in obtaining accommodation on discharge; and what proposals he now has for its solution.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 18th May to the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr. John Hall).

As I have not that answer by me, may I ask the Parliamentary Secretary whether he appreciates to the full the difficulties being experienced by these long-Service men on discharge in re-establishing themselves in civilian life largely owing to their difficulty in finding accommodation?

Yes, the difficulties are realised. The housing management subcommittee of the Central Housing Advisory Committee is now considering the question of residential qualification with particular reference to Service men. It is calling for evidence from all appropriate bodies such as the British Legion, the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Families' Association and so on.