asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many schemes under Section 22(2) of the Rent Act he has approved or has under consideration; and in how many of them provision is made for taking the views of the local authorities on the qualifications or pay of persons to be appointed rent officers.
The Clerks of all the 157 registration areas have been consulted on a draft scheme, and over one hundred councils have been asked formally to comment upon one, as required under the Section. The terms of employment and pay of rent officers have been discussed with the local authority associations. The rent officers are, however, appointed not by the local authorities but by their Clerks as a personal function. No provision has been made, therefore, for seeking the views of authorities on these appointments.