asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what replies he has had from local authorities to his circulars 24/55 and 60/65 in regard to the housing of ex-Service men; and whether he is satisfied from such replies that there is a general acceptance of responsibility for rehousing ex-Service men.
My right hon. Friend is satisfied that most housing authorities accept responsibility for rehousing ex-Service men. Only 74 out of 1,412 in England and Wales have said they were unable to give full effect to the advice in Circular 60/65, which is the only one he has issued on this subject. Most of these have said they will comply in part.
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will lay down further guide lines for local authorities in respect of the housing of ex-Service men so as to ensure fairness between local authorities.
My right hon. Friend sees no need for further general guidance. But he will be writing to those local authorities who do not accept the recommendations of his recent circular.