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A V Roe & Co, Middleton (Housing Agreement)

Volume 530: debated on Thursday 15 July 1954

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87.

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government the nature of the inquiries he made, and from whom information was obtained outside his Department, before he satisfied himself that Middleton council houses were not tied to specific employment; and whether he saw a copy of the agreements between the council and Messrs. A. V. Roe and Company Limited, and between the company and the occupying tenants before so satisfying himself.

I received assurances from the council which were sufficient to satisfy me that these houses were not tied to the employment. No agreement between Messrs. A. V. Roe Limited and the occupants of these houses can affect the tenancy conditions which, I understand, the council impose upon these and all other council-owned houses.

88.

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will place in the Library of the House of Commons the copy of the agreement between the Middleton Council, Lancashire, and Messrs. A. V. Roe and Company Limited, relating to the tenancy of 90 municipally-owned houses which he examined prior to satisfying himself that this corporation's responsibilities under the Housing Act were being honoured.

I have told the Middleton council that I am advised that the agreement they entered into with Messrs. A. V. Roe Limited is of doubtful legality in some respects, and I understand that they are considering the matter. I do not think I would be justified in putting a copy of this agreement in the Library of the House without the council's permission.