asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware that the judgment of the Divisional Court in the case of Rex v. St. Helens Rent Tribunal ex parte Pickavance results in making the provisions of Section eleven of the Landlord and Tenant (Rent Control) Act, 1949, practically useless as a protection for tenants; and if he will introduce legislation to remedy this position.
I am aware of this case, and understand that notice of appeal against the judgment has been given by the rent tribunal.
While I appreciate that point, does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that the Section referred to in the Question is one which was passed specifically in consequence of the tremendous difficulty which people experience—
On a point of order. Is it in order to raise a matter which is sub judice by a Question in the House?
I was listening to the hon. Gentleman. It is improper to canvass the merits of the case in detail, but this is another question.
I was asking, in view of the fact that this Section was passed specially as a consequence of the terrible difficulties which people were experiencing in finding houses, whether the Minister would be careful to watch the result of this case and, if it happens to be adverse, whether he will see that some legislation is passed to deal with it?
That is hypothetical.
Further to the point of order raised earlier by the hon. Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Fenner Brockway), may we have candles on the extreme back benches as well as in the rest of the Chamber?