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Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what advice he will be giving to the Scottish Special Housing Association and local authorities with regard to the implementation of new rent levels under the Housing Rents and Subsidies (Scotland) Bill.

My right hon. Friend has approved the SSHA's proposal for an average increase of £26 per annum in its standard rents, to take effect after the present period of rent standstill ends on 15th May. A circular has been issued to local authorities drawing attention to the powers and responsibilities which the Housing Rents and Subsidies (Scotland) Bill will, if enacted in its present form, confer upon them to determine reasonable rents for their houses.