HC Deb 10 March 1938 vol 332 c2108
61. Mr. Simmonds

asked the Minister of Health whether he has been able to evolve any plan whereby the letting of decontrolled houses at exorbitant rents by companies specialising in this type of business may be prevented?

Sir K. Wood

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing (Sir F. Sanderson) on 25th February, 1937, of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy. The existence of an adequate supply of houses is the most effective method of obviating the difficulties to which my hon. Friend refers, and he will be aware of the considerable progress which has been made generally in this direction during recent years.

Mr. Simmonds

In view of the present difficulties, particularly in certain congested areas, as at Birmingham, cannot the Minister evolve some plan for the immediate future which will remove the serious social consequences which this ramp is causing?

Mr. G. Griffiths

Is the Minister aware that there are certain landlords in London who have already told tenants that the rent will be raised in September next?

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