HC Deb 15 May 1933 vol 278 cc108-9

So much of paragraph (g) of Sub-section (1) of Section twelve of the Act of 1920 as enacts that the expression "tenant" shall, in the case of a tenant dying intestate leaving no widow or being a woman, include such member of the tenant's family residing with him at the time of his death as may be decided in default of agreement by the county court shall not, as respects tenants dying after the passing of this Act, apply to any such member unless he was residing with the tenant for not less than six months immediately before the death.—[Sir B. Gower.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

8.16 p.m.


I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

When the Bill was in Committee, I moved a new Clause which, in my opinion, would have had the same effect as the present one. My hon. Friend then, while accepting the principle of my proposed new Clause, could not see his way to accept my wording. The Clause has been re-drafted, and I understand that the Government are now prepared to accept it, so that it is unnecessary for me to deal with the matter at any length. It is sufficient to say that the effect of the proposed new Clause is to ensure that for the future only a relative who has been bona fide residing with the deceased tenant shall be entitled to continue the tenancy.

Lieut.-Commander ASTBURY

I beg to second the Motion.

8.17 p.m.


The Government are prepared to accept this proposed new Clause, which they consider to be a good one. It carries out the spirit of Section 12 of the Act of 1930, and, that being so, there is no necessity for me to say anything further about it.

Clause added to the Bill.