§ 14. Mr. Glenvil Hall
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that at Llandrindod Wells £6 6s. per week was recently demanded for part only of a house; and whether, in view of the difficulty of adequately punishing persons letting furnished accommodation at excessive rentals, he will increase the powers of local authorities in this respect?
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Ernest Brown)
The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes." I cannot, however, accept the implication contained in the second part, since, as I recently stated, the majority of the prosecutions of which local authorities have informed me have been successful. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of a circular which I sent to all local authorities last week asking them for a special report for the period 1st October, 1940–30th June, 1941.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Would it not be better to take drastic action of a statutory kind in order to prevent this profiteering?