HC Deb 15 June 1950 vol 476 c540
35. Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to prevent evasion of the law against charging premiums or key-money in respect of the letting of empty premises.

Mr. Bevan

I have no power to enforce the law in this matter, but local authorities have power to institute proceedings for offences under the Rent Restrictions Acts, and I have recently reminded them of their powers.

Mr. Fletcher

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is great indignation at the widespread evasion that is going on, and will he do all he can to suppress it?

Mr. Bevan

I said this was a matter for the local authorities. They are exercising their powers in a number of areas, and I hope local authorities will be vigilant and exercise their powers when they are invoked.