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Farm Workers (Housing)

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cases have been considered by the Essex and Herts Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committee under the Rent (Agriculture) Act; how many recommendations have been made for local authority rehousing; and how many of those recommendations have so far been carried into effect.

Our quarterly statistics show that up to 31st March 1977 agricultural dwelling house advisory committees in this area had dealt with 11 applications and in each case the committee advised that there was agricultural need for rehousing but with varying degrees or urgency. My Department does not collect statistics on rehousing, but I understand that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has arranged for such information to be collected from local housing authorities and that the first statistics will relate to the six month period ending on 30th June 1977.