asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the difficulty being experienced by officers and their wives in getting accommodation at reasonable rates in London, owing to the higher rents being offered by Allied Forces; and whether he will consider strengthening existing machinery by limiting rents of all houses and flats to the rents paid on 1st January, 1940, except where increases in the landlords' costs can be proved?
I have no evidence of any special difficulty arising from the cause to which my hon. Friend refers, but I will look at once into any complaint which he may care to bring to my notice. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I recently gave to a Question on the subject by my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing (Sir F. Sanderson). I am sending him a copy of that reply, together with a copy of my recent circular to local authorities.
I have no evidence which shows that the existing difference in limits leads to any serious anomalies and I do not consider, therefore, that the action suggested by my hon. Friend would be justified. I am, however, grateful to him for bringing a particular case to my attention. I am looking into this, and will communicate with my hon. Friend.