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Rent Tribunals

Volume 640: debated on Tuesday 16 May 1961

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many rent tribunals now operate in England and Wales; how many persons have applied to those tribunals and secured redress during the past 10 years; and if he will consider taking steps to grant wider powers to those tribunals in order to enable them to deal with complaints of excessive rents other than those within their present powers.

The number of rent tribunals in England and Wales is now 41. There have been considerable changes in their jurisdiction between 1951 and 1960, but over those ten years they decided some 42,500 first applications to fix the rents of furnished lettings. The Government do not propose to extend control to property which is now exempt from it.