Recovery of Possession of a Dwelling-House Occupied by a Person Primarily Engaged in Agriculture

Part of Agriculture Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East 12:00 am, 7th April 1970

Like the hon. and learned Gentleman, I am in favour of not having houses empty. But I have been in this position myself, and the right course for people fortunate enough to have more houses than they need is to make up their minds what to do with them. I know the arguments about wanting them in a year or 20 years. That is one of our difficulties in framing any sort of Clause to cover the space of time involved. But owners can sell or they can let at a lower rent. Farmers can let a farmhouse to a farm worker and let his house under Case 12. There are several ways of getting out of the difficulty. We cannot accept this situation and bring in legislation to deal with these few cases.