asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that there is a large number of persons, mainly ex-service men, who purchased houses three or four years ago intending to reside in them, but are debarred by the provisions of the Rent Restrictions Acts; and whether he is prepared to bring in an amending Bill to enable such persons who bona fide wish to occupy their houses to do so?
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. As he has previously informed my hon. and gallant Friend, the Increase of Rent Act, 1920, contains special provisions in favour of ex-service landlords, and he would refer him particularly to Section 5. He is afraid he cannot undertake to introduce fresh legislation as suggested.