HC Deb 24 June 1952 vol 502 cc2014-5
5. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what progress has been made in respect to the investigations of his officials, following complaints of doubtful practices by house letting agents, who undertake to supply lists of vacant accommodation on payment of a registration fee.

7. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what further consideration he has given to the activities of letting agencies charging fees to persons in need of housing accommodation.

Mr. H. Macmillan

Considerable progress, which will, I hope, lead to action.

Mr. Dodds

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that there is not much more delay, because there have been plenty of examples of the way in which people have had money taken away from them by these people? Would he do something about these parasites who are battening on the public?

Mr. Macmillan

The problem is to find a method of action, which I hope to do, which does not involve legislation.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Will the Minister at least issue another warning to the public against these harpies who are shamefully, and to an ever-growing extent, exploiting the needs of people seeking homes? Will he, in particular, examine the activities of Watson, Price and Company, 55, Cleveland Street, W.1, and Craig and Company, 19, Gerrard Street, W.1?

Mr. Macmillan

Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman would let me have the information.