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Requisitioned Properties (Disposal)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many properties are still held under requisition by his Department; if he will order a new investigation into the circumstances of each case; and if he will direct that prior consideration be given to the original owner, or owners, whenever a sale is contemplated.

Four hundred and seventy-seven properties, including 401 houses and 55 camps used for the accommodation of the inadequately housed, are still held under requisition by my Departments. When no longer required the properties will be returned to the owners. I expect that at least 300 of them will be derequisitioned this year. The remainder will be given up as soon as possible thereafter.