Part of Orders of the Day — Tenants' Rights, Etc. (Scotland) Amendment Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:30 pm on 18th January 1984.

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Photo of Mr James Craigen Mr James Craigen , Glasgow Maryhill 9:30 pm, 18th January 1984

If this little Bill is the fulfilment of the Tory manifesto, all I can say is that it is a hoodwinkers' charter. The majority of tenants that we represent are more concerned about higher rents and rent premiums than they are about the proposed increases in the discounts for sales.

The main concern during the course of the Bill was about section 17A and the enabling legislation. If the Government were as concerned about an alternative mechanism for the right to repair, I suggest that they ought to be introducing a scheme whereby those tenants who want to carry out their own repairs are then enabled to send the bill straight to the Scottish Office for 100 per cent. reimbursement.

The consultation paper on which the enabling legislation is to be based is the big lie in Scottish housing. The scheme will continue the housing crisis and the lack of confidence in housing circles and will do very little for Scottish tenants.