asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he has reached a decision with regard to the compulsory purchase order submitted to him by the Metropolitan borough of Bethnal Green covering certain properties in Corfield Street, Wilmot Street and Finnis Street, London, E.2.
I regret the delay by the Minister. May I ask whether he is aware that, in addition to 30 families having received orders to quit, approximately 150 other families are refusing to pay the increased rents which they originally agreed to pay under duress because of the appalliing housing conditions which exist and shortages in East London?
Is the Minister aware that the landlords have stated that they feel obliged to push up the rents because, if they do not, they may be the subject of a take-over bid? Does not this indicate the growing unsuitability of private landlordism for providing or looking after accommodation of this kind?