asked the Minister of Health whether he has received representations from local governing bodies urging that, in view of the change in economic conditions which has come about since the percentage increase of rent was fixed under the Rent Restrictions Act, and having regard to the present financial difficulties of the middle and working classes, the Government. should immediately introduce legislation for the purpose of materially reducing the percentage by which rents can be increased over those of pre-War; and, if so, whether the Minister can give the assurance that legislation of such a nature is in contemplation by the Government?
I have received representations in this sense from eight Metropolitan borough councils and 16 urban district councils. Legislation in the sense suggested by the hon. Member is not contemplated.