§ 57. Mr. R. C. Morrison
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware 1078 that small houses in North Devon which were let pre-war at 7s. to 10s. per week are now being offered at 30s. per week, payable quarterly in advance, plus rates and interior repairs; and what steps he proposes to take to stop this form of profiteering?
Mr. M. MacDonald
I have not received any report that excessive rents are being charged in North Devon. But if the hon. Member can let me have further details, I will at once examine them. I am having careful investigation made into all cases of this kind in consultation with the local authorities, who have power under the Rent Restriction Acts to take legal action, and I have requested local authorities to take proceedings in appropriate cases.