Oral Answers to Questions — Leasehold Properties (Ground Rents)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th May 1963.

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Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington 12:00 am, 27th May 1963

asked the Attorney-General whether he is aware of the widespread system under which one leaseholder in a block is responsible for collecting ground rents from his neighbours; and whether he will introduce legislation to end this practice.

Photo of Sir John Hobson Sir John Hobson , Warwick and Leamington

I have no evidence that such a practice is widespread. In any event there are already statutory provisions under which the person responsible for collecting the rents can free himself from this obligation. I do not think there is a case for further legislation.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington

Is the Attorney-General aware that this is certainly widespread in my constituency? While I am delighted to know that there are ways of people freeing themselves from this obligation, I shall be very interested if he will send me particulars.

Photo of Sir John Hobson Sir John Hobson , Warwick and Leamington

I should be delighted to oblige the hon. Member. I shall certainly send him particulars and perhaps we can have a discussion on them.