HC Deb 22 April 1920 vol 128 c556
39. Lieut.-Colonel D. WHITE

asked the Prime Minister whether he will bring in legislation at an early date to set up arbitration courts to deal with the cases of tenants of shop and business premises who may be given notice to quit owing to the premises being sold or let at a higher rental over their heads; and whether he is aware that in many such cases it is impossible for the tenant concerned to find other premises or to so raise his sale prices as to recoup himself for a largely increased rental?


This subject, which is a very complicated one, is being considered by the Government, but I am not in a position to make any statement.

Lieut.-Colonel WHITE

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are many cases of multiple shopkeepers buying up premises, and the grievance is that those displaced cannot obtain any other premises?


Yes, I am aware of it. I have seen several deputations, but it is difficult to find a remedy. The question is being considered.