HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 c499
1. Mr. William Shepherd

asked the Minister of Health what arrangements exist under his regulations for the reclaiming of back rent when rent tribunals decide that an excessive amount has been charged.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)

None, Sir. The Furnished Houses (Rent Control) Act, 1946, under which these tribunals are set up, does not authorise the reclaiming of back rent.

Mr. Shepherd

Would the Minister consider it desirable to make provisions where gross overcharges are involved?

Mr. Bevan

This was discussed when the Bill was before the House, but as there is no legal way of knowing what amount of back rent would be involved, that cannot he done.

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