HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 c1352
65. Mrs. Braddock

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that in slum clearance areas in Liverpool landlords are unable to comply with local authority orders to repair, as the property is too bad, and that rents are not collected, and when arrears reach a high amount orders for eviction are made to county courts; and what steps he proposes to take to alleviate this situation.

Mr. Bevan

I am making inquiries into this problem.

Mrs. Braddock

In view of the details I have sent to the Minister about bad cases, and the very difficult housing situation in Liverpool, would he see whether it is possible for county court decisions to fit in with the requirements of his Ministry?

Mr. Bevan

I have no control over county court decisions I am glad to say, but there are some very curious features about some of these cases in Liverpool and I am making inquiries.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Will the Minister make it clear that he deprecates any suggestion of a Minister attempting to give directions to His Majesty's judges?

Mr. Bevan

I have already said that I have no such powers, and I would not like to have them.

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