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Leasehold Committee (Report)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 4 July 1949

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asked the Attorney-General if, in view of his deferring reaching a decision on the proposals of the interim Report of the Leasehold Committee, he can say when the final Report can be expected.

I regret that I am unable yet to say when the final Report of the Leasehold Committee can be expected.

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman give an assurance that, so far as he is concerned, the final Report will be expedited so that legislation can be introduced in this Parliament?

That must be a matter for the Committee when they present their final Report.

Having regard to the weighty arguments put forward in the two minority Reports presented by the Committee, is it not clear that this is a matter on which the Government will be justified in taking time for consideration?

Since the interim Report has to await a final Report, and since so many owners of small businesses are daily being oppressed by acquisitive landlords, will my right hon. and learned Friend make it clear whether the legislation to be introduced is likely to be retrospective?

I do not think I can anticipate any Government decision on the matter.

Will my right hon. and learned Friend reconsider his decision, particularly because large numbers of people are being threatened with eviction from their business premises and offices and have no alternative but to await this legislation?

The decision was very carefully considered before it was reached, and I am afraid that I can see no ground at the moment which would justify its reversal.