HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 cc2348-9
17. Mr. Ralph Morley

asked the Minister of Health if he will frame regulations or take other steps to make it compulsory for the vendor of a house built previously to 1939 to announce its 1938 value to the purchaser.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)

I have no power to make such regulations.

Mr. Morley

Can my right hon. Friend say what steps he proposes to take to deal with the inflated prices of houses for sale at present, and has he not received representations on this subject from national bodies?

Mr. Bevan

This matter has been raised from time to time. It has been generally accepted that it would be almost impossible to frame laws which would prevent this mischief, and it is not wise to frame laws which can be disregarded by citizens. I believe that housing prices are now beginning to fall.

Mr. Chetwynd

Does my right hon. Friend consider that the worst abuses in this matter might be obviated if the seller had to register the price last paid with the local authority?

Mr. Bevan

I have no power to enforce that.

Sir William Darling

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the worst abuses would be obviated by building more houses?

Mr. Bevan

That is precisely what is happening.

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