Oral Answers to Questions — Business Premises Tenure, Scotland (Inquiry)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th August 1947.

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Photo of Mr John Williams Mr John Williams , Glasgow Kelvingrove 12:00 am, 12th August 1947

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when the report of the Committee of Inquiry into the tenure of business premises in Scotland will be issued.

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for South Aberdeen (Lady Grant) on 22nd July.

Photo of Mr John Williams Mr John Williams , Glasgow Kelvingrove

Is my right hon. Friend aware that a large number of small business people are looking to him for protection from insecurity of tenure, which they have endured so long?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

I am aware that there are a fair number of people who are anxious to have the report of the Committee. This Committee has now completed its task of taking evidence and considering the evidence, and has promised to report as early as possible.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Will the right hon. Gentleman take any action before the House reassembles, as this matter has been hanging fire for a long time?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

The answer is that no Minister can take any action until he has seen the report and considered it.