HC Deb 14 October 1915 vol 74 cc1464-5
48. Mr. FIELD

asked the First Lord of the Treasury whether his attention has been directed to the rent raising and threatened evictions of short-period and tenement tenants, many of them having soldiers at the front; and whether the Government will introduce an emergency measure to protect those families from disturbance and enable them to remain in their homes at reasonable rents?


No, Sir. I would draw the hon. Member's attention to Section 1, Sub-section (4), of the Courts (Emergency Powers) Act, 1914, which was intended to deal with such cases.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that although that Act is supposed to be in operation it has really had no effect in a great many cases in preventing the evils complained of. Will that power be exercised in future?


If the hon. Member will bring these cases to my notice, I will have the matter looked into.