Factories, Scotland

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7 May 1959.

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Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North 12:00, 7 May 1959

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has completed his inquiries into the matter of independent arbitration for tenants of his Department's factories in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I shall need some further time to consider this matter which concerns a number of Departments.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that the tenants of Government factories in Scotland feel that they are suffering injustice since those in England and Wales have the right to go to arbitration in the matter of rents but Scottish tenants have not? Can the right hon. Gentleman give us an idea when his inquiries will be completed?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

It is awkward that the Landlord and Tenant Act, 1954, does not apply to Scotland. It raises a rather difficult problem which concerns the Minister of Supply and the Service Departments, but I hope that before long we shall have a common policy.