HC Deb 28 October 1952 vol 505 cc1708-9
1. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what local authorities in North-West Kent have protested to him about the decision to abolish the Rent Tribunal Office at Dartford; and if he will reconsider the matter in view of the feeling that has been aroused at this step.

The Minister of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

Two, Erith and Dartford Borough Councils, have protested to me in writing, and I recently received a deputation from them and from four others: the Urban District Councils of Crayford, Northfleet, Chislehurst and Sidcup and the Rural District Council of Dartford. I am considering their representations.

Mr. Dodds

I welcome the changed attitude of the right hon. Gentleman, and I cannot even think of enough kind words. We shall watch what comes out of the consideration.

Mr. Janner

I cannot quite agree with my hon. Friend's supplementary question. May I ask the Minister that in future, before he takes steps of this nature, he will consult the local councils and the local tribunals, or will go a step further and realise that there is very deep concern about the shutting down of these tribunals and not shut down any more?

Mr. Macmillan

I should not like to deal with the differences above and below the Gangway, as I feel they go far beyond my own personal character.

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