Labourers' Rents, Norfolk.

Oral Answers to Questions — Genoa Conference. – in the House of Commons on 29th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr George Edwards Mr George Edwards , Norfolk Southern

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, in connection with new houses built in Norfolk, sanction was given for the rents to be fixed at one-sixth of the wages of the tenants; that these tenants are agricultural labourers whose wages have been substantially reduced in consequence of recent legislation; whether he has received any requests that the rents of the houses should be reduced proportionately; and whether he will sanction this proportionate reduction, or, at least, some reduction in the rents at present in force?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

No sanction has been given to the fixing of rents at a definite proportion of the wages of the tenants. The rents approved for a large proportion of the rural parishes of Norfolk are as low as 5s., and I do not think that any reduction below that figure can be made.

Photo of Mr George Edwards Mr George Edwards , Norfolk Southern

Is it not a fact that, in consequence of serious reductions in the agricultural labourers' wages, the local authorities now find it impossible to let the houses to the labourers; if so, will he receive a deputation of the local authorities?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I am not aware of the fact, but I shall be pleased to see whether I can receive a deputation.