HC Deb 13 February 1945 vol 408 cc28-9
46. Mr. Harry Thorneycroft

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now in a position to announce the Government's policy on the question of controlling or regulating the price at which dwelling-houses may be sold.

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

Yes, Sir. My right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Health and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, are appointing a Committee, with the following terms of reference: To consider, and report, whether it is practicable to control effectively the selling price of houses with, or without, vacant possession and to prevent undue financial advantage being taken of the present housing shortage; and, if so, what measures should be adopted to effect these objects. The membership of the Committee will be announced shortly.

Mr. Thorneyeroft

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him whether it will be permissible for Members to submit, as evidence, letters received from victims of this scandalous racket?

Mr. Attlee

I think so, certainly.

Mr. Bowles

In view of the delay that is bound to take place before the recommendations of the Committee can be submitted to the Government, would my right hon. Friend also ask the Committee to make recommendations about retrospective action?

Mr. Attlee

That is a matter for consideration.