HC Deb 04 March 1919 vol 113 cc216-7
Mr. NEIL M'LEAN (by private Notice)

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the scheme which the firm of Messrs. J. A. Taggart are trying to impose upon approximately 100 of their tenants in Partick; whether he is aware that this scheme means a large increase in the annual payments from those tenants; that this firm have demanded an acceptance of their proposals by 8th March, and have intimated that tenants who decline will have to vacate their houses at Whitsun term; and, in view of the shortage of houses, and the state of industrial unrest at present existing in Glasgow, will he state what steps the Government propose taking to safeguard the rights of the tenants?


The reply to the first three parts of the question is in the affirmative. In regard to the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the statement on this subject made by the Leader of the House to-day.


Will the statement to be made by the right hon. Gentleman include something which will mean that those people will not have to pay 50 per cent. increase in rent such as the scheme propounded contemplates?


I apprehend that those tenants will be protected against action referred to by the policy of the Government as explained by the Leader of the House. That will certainly be so if the rents, as I understand is the case, do not exceed £32.