HC Deb 28 September 1931 vol 257 cc27-8
36. Mr. PALIN

asked the Minister of Health whether any and, if so, what proposals are under consideration to extend the control of rents and to effect a decrease in rents?

49. Mr. PERRY

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the increasing prices of food and other commodities since 21st September and also the increased taxation falling heavily upon persons who have purchased their house on the instalment or mortgage plan, it is the intention of the Government to introduce a new Rent and Mortgage Interest Restrictions Bill?


I have been asked also to reply to the question of the hon. Member for Kettering (Mr. Perry). The action which the Government propose is to extend the Rent Restrictions Acts by means of the Expiring Laws Continuance Act.


Does the hon. Member recollect the answer which was given by the Prime Minister which was sympathetic, in principle, to reductions, and cannot he, from his great knowledge of the subject, find some way of applying that principle?


As the hon. Member is aware, an Act which is extended under the Expiring Laws Continuance Act, cannot be amended.


Will the hon. Member consider abolishing the 40 per cent. increase in rent by Order-in-Council?

39. Mr. PALIN

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the additional burdens placed upon mortgagees by the National Economy and Finance Bills, the Government intend to take action to secure a reduction in the rates of interest paid to municipal and other authorities on moneys loaned on mortgage to purchasers of houses under the various Housing Acts?


No such action is in contemplation.