HC Deb 06 June 1921 vol 142 c1511
43. Mr. J. JONES

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that in consequence of the present industrial situation the imposition of the approaching increase of 10 per cent. in house rents will cause hardship to many families, and may probably result in widespread resistance; and whether, in view of all the circumstances, the Government will reconsider the advisability of giving facilities to the Increase of Rent (Restrictions) Bill?


I can add nothing to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on the 26th May, in reply to a question by the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that owing to the great amount of unemployment at present, a large number of working people will not be able to pay this increased rent, and is he prepared to give some assistance in this matter?


I am aware that it would be difficult to place limits on the amount of suffering and distress caused by the slackness of work due either to avoidable or unavoidable causes, but I think we should only be delaying a return to more normal conditions by continuing for a further period this exceptional legislation.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in consequence of the great reductions of wages taking place in all parts of the country, a terrible burden is being inflicted upon the poor?