Orders of the Day — Housing Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:21 pm on 29th January 1996.

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Photo of Mr David Atkinson Mr David Atkinson , Bournemouth East 7:21 pm, 29th January 1996

And Morecambe, as my hon. Friend says. The scheme would be no different from that which applies to rest and retirement homes for the elderly, which are run by a licensee whose licence is subject to periodic renewal.

I urge my hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Urban Regeneration to give further thought to the need for a voluntary licensing scheme that local authorities could use when they experienced particular problems with HMOs, which a registration scheme, such as that in the Bill, will not address.