Oral Answers to Questions — Rent Restrictions Acts.

– in the House of Commons on 1st March 1920.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Yeo Mr Alfred Yeo , Poplar South Poplar

79.

asked the Minister of Health whether the terms of reference to the Departmental Committee on the Rent Restriction Acts cover the cases of rents of shops and offices; and, if not, whether the terms of reference will be extended to include these cases?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Shoreditch

The terms of reference are sufficiently wide to cover the cases to which my hon. Friend refers.

Photo of Mr Alfred Yeo Mr Alfred Yeo , Poplar South Poplar

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of immediately considering this question, as rents are being raised from £300 to £1,760 a year?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

80.

asked whether, in view of the fact that the Increase of Rent, etc. (Amendment), Act, 1919, expires on the 30th June next, and of the great uncertainty prevailing in the country, he can give an assurance that a full statement of the policy of the Government on this subject will be made before next Lady Day, and that further legislation will be introduced in sufficient time for all persons affected to take advantage of such legislation?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Shoreditch

The Government are fully alive to the fact that, if the Acts are to be continued, it will be necessary that legislation for this purpose should be passed before the 30th June, and the Committee which has been appointed to consider this question, and is already at work, is well aware of its urgency.

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a very large number of notices to quit will be given before next Lady Day, and ought not landlords to know what the policy of the Government is going to be?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Shoreditch

We hope it will be possible to announce our decision in time.

Photo of Mr Jeremiah MacVeagh Mr Jeremiah MacVeagh , Down South

Who are the members of this Committee, and how many landlords are there upon it?