§ 57. Mr. CECIL WILSON
asked the Minister of Health whether he has received a copy of the resolution passed by the Sheffield City Council at its meeting on the 11th instant, urging that legislation be promoted in the present Session of Parliament providing that in the event of any dwelling-house remaining unoccupied for a period of six months rates thereon shall be payable by the owner in respect of any further period during which such house shall remain unoccupied unless it can be proved before a competent tribunal, legal or otherwise, that the owner of such dwelling-house has used all reasonable efforts to let the same at a fair and reasonable rent; and whether 2459 with a view to relieving the serious housing shortage in Sheffield and elsewhere, he proposes to take any action on the lines suggested?
I have received a copy of this Resolution. As regards the last part of the question I can only refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave on the 19th February to the hon. Member for St. George's (Mr. Erskine). I am sending the hon. Member a copy of that reply.