Oral Answers to Questions — Houses, Willesden (Applications for Possession)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Willesden West 12:00 am, 29th November 1960

asked the Attorney-General if he will state the number of applications for eviction of tenants arising from the Rent Act, 1957, which have been granted at the Willesden County Court since 1st June, 1960.

Photo of Mr Reginald Manningham-Buller Mr Reginald Manningham-Buller , Northamptonshire South

I assume the hon. Member is referring to actions for possession of houses to which both the Rent Act, 1957, and the Landlord and Tenant (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1958, apply. Between 1st June and 25th November, 1960, eleven applications for possession of such houses have been heard in the Willesden County Court. In each case an application by the tenant for a suspension of the order for possession was granted.

Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Willesden West

Is the Attorney-General aware of the statement made by Judge Leon in open court recently on his great concern about this matter and asking for advice from Members of Parliament? Has the learned judge approached the Attorney-General for help in this matter?

Photo of Mr Reginald Manningham-Buller Mr Reginald Manningham-Buller , Northamptonshire South

I have had no communication from the learned judge on this matter.

Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester North West

What kind of information is sent out at the instigation of the right hon. and learned Gentleman, or his colleagues, to local councils so that they may let people know what opportunities are open to them to contest evictions? Is he aware that many people are not aware of their rights and consequently leave their houses without taking the matter to court?

Photo of Mr Reginald Manningham-Buller Mr Reginald Manningham-Buller , Northamptonshire South

That is a question different from that on the Order Paper.