Greater London Council

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr John Harvey Mr John Harvey , Walthamstow East 12:00 am, 1st March 1966

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what discussions he has held with the Greater London Council on the basis of paragraph 41 of the Housing Programme 1965–70, Command Paper No. 2838.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

None so far. My right hon. Friend intends to start discussions with the local authority associations and the Greater London Council shortly.

Photo of Mr John Harvey Mr John Harvey , Walthamstow East

May I ask the hon. Gentleman to expedite these discussions in view of the seriousness of the matter?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

We certainly will have discussions with them very soon.

Photo of Mr John Harvey Mr John Harvey , Walthamstow East

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Govern- ment how the Greater London Council's rejection of the advice given in paragraph 41 of the Housing Programme 1965–1970. Command Paper No. 2838, will affect that programme, in view of the fact that the Council controls nearly a quarter of a million council dwellings.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

My right hon. Friend is not aware that the G.L.C. has rejected his advice. In principle its social aid scheme is in line with the White Paper.

Photo of Mr John Harvey Mr John Harvey , Walthamstow East

Will the hon. Gentleman at least make quite sure that what he thinks is the case is the case, because otherwise fewer houses are likely to be built, and would it not be true, therefore, that the necessity to cater for the real need would be diminished?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

There is a fundamental difference of opinion between the two sides of the House. My right hon. Friend is determined that he will only have discussions with local authorities on the implementation of a rent rebate scheme. We are opposed to a differential rent scheme. The present scheme of the G.L.C. is a rent rebate scheme, and in that sense therefore we favour it.