HC Deb 03 March 1919 vol 113 c4

asked the Prime Minister whether, since the Armistice, many landlords are giving notice to their lessees to re-paint and decorate houses in accordance with the terms of the leases; whether he is aware that this would, at the present moment, cost more than twice the usual price; and whether, seeing that the men would be better employed in more essential work, he can see his way to make an Order postponing this work except in cases of sanitary or other urgent necessity?

64. Sir R. COOPER

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the Increase of Rent Act, 1915, does not protect tenants against the danger of eviction at the approaching quarter-day, he will afford them temporary protection by prohibiting the sale of any house property at a price exceeding twenty-five times its rateable value in 1914, and by prohibiting any rent being charged for house property in excess of 33 1–3rd per cent. above its rateable value in 1917?

Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)

I shall be glad if these questions can be postponed till to-morrow, when I shall be able to make an announcement of the Government's decision.