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Exchange Of Tenancies

Volume 529: debated on Tuesday 29 June 1954

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will issue a circular to local authorities further to encourage them to make arrangements for the exchange of tenants between one housing authority and another where this is necessary for reasons of health or employment convenience.

My right hon. Friend is grateful to the hon. Member for his suggestion. He has received similar advice from the Housing Management Sub-Committee of the Central Housing Advisory Committee. My right hon. Friend consulted the Sub-Committee after the debate in Standing Committee C on the Housing Repairs and Rents Bill on the need for further legislative or administrative action to facilitate exchanges. The Sub-Committee were unanimous in thinking that it would be inappropriate to introduce an element of compulsion through legislation so long as ground is being gained all the time by goodwill. They have recommended him to send out a further Circular about the end of September. He proposes to act on their advice.