Oral Answers to Questions — Aircraft Production Premises (Rents).

– in the House of Commons on 29th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he will inquire into the rents paid by aircraft firms for houses and other buildings which they have taken over; and where, as in the instance sent him by the hon. Member for Cheltenham, a rent of £550 a year is being paid for a house which the owner bought a few months ago for £2,000, will he have the rents revised to an amount considered reasonable by the district valuer?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

When we find that a contractor is paying an excessive rent, we take steps to ensure that only a fair rent is reflected in the contract price. I am, inquiring into the particular case mentioned by my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Would it not be possible to find out in the normal way that rent is being paid without considering the contract cost and asking them to have a check-up, as a great many of these excessive rents are being charged?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

It only concerns my Department when we are paying any part of them, and when we are doing that, inquiries are made and it is not allowed, as I told my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Can my right hon. and gallant Friend say who is concerned, as ultimately the taxpayer has to pay this and the Departments apparently do not mind what rents they pay?