asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the hardship imposed on tenants of small houses built on Crown Lans who are not subject to the protection of the Rent Restrictions Acts; and whether he will take steps to give them such protection during the period in which the acute housing shortage continues.
Yes, Sir. This point has been noted for consideration when the Rent Restrictions Acts are reviewed, and meantime I am prepared to authorise the exercise of requisitioning powers by local authorities in appropriate cases to avoid the creation of hardship.
Does not the Minister think that it might be possible to introduce legislation this Session? I do not think he will find it controversial on this small point.
I am happy to hear that an amendment of the Rent Restrictions Acts will not be controversial.