asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many cases are waiting to be heard by the East London Rent Tribunal; what is the average time which now elapses before an applicant's case is heard; and whether, in addition to hearing cases at Islington, this tribunal sits at Barking Town Hall and in the Barking Road office.
About 200 cases are waiting to be heard, and the average waiting time, from the day the application is made until the decision is given, is about seven weeks. Since 1st May the tribunal has heard all its Barking cases at Barking Town Hall.
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs why, in view of the Government's decision to close the Rent Tribunal's office at 307A, Barking Road, E.13, this office is still open; and what type of cases is heard at this office.
The Barking Tribunal and the Islington Tribunal were amalgamated on 1st May, but I do not propose to close the Barking Road office until a suitable and conveniently situated office can be found to serve the whole of the tribunal's area. The office is open to give information and receive references to the tribunal on any matter within their jurisdiction, but the new tribunal has not yet used it for hearings.