§ 93. Mr. HARRIS
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Rent Restrictions Act is being evaded by property owners by allowing properties to get into such a bad state of repair that local authorities have to issue a closing order, so that the owner gets possession and lets the property at a much higher rent for commercial or other purposes; and whether he will consider introducing amending legislation in his contemplated Housing Bill to meet cases of this kind?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
I will consider the hon. Member's suggestion. As he is no doubt aware local authorities have already wide powers of requiring the execution of works necessary to keep houses in all respects fit for human habitation.