HC Deb 08 April 1937 vol 322 cc349-50
65. Mr. G. Hardie

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in the Hampstead garden suburb, Golders Green, houses that before the War were rented at £30 per year on becoming vacant are raised to £72 and £78 plus rates; and will he take the necessary steps to prevent this overcharging?

Sir K. Wood

I have no information relating to the first part of the question. As I have already announced, the Government are taking steps to set up a Departmental Committee to inquire into the operation of the Rent Restrictions Acts.

Mr. Hardie

Has the Minister no power to protect decent people who are now being overcharged? The Committee may go on sitting for months, and meanwhile those people are being put in a very difficult position.

Sir K. Wood

Perhaps the hon. Member will send me particulars of the case he has in mind?

Mr. McGovern

Will this inquiry also cover Scotland, or is there to be a separate Committee inquiring into Scotland?

Sir K. Wood

I will look into that point.

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