§ 37. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether the Cardiff City Council have submitted to him their means test proposals for rent charges on houses built with Government and local subsidy; and what representations he has made to the Cardiff City Council on this question.
§ Mr. H. Macmillan
No, Sir. The fixing of rents of council houses is a matter solely for the council concerned.
§ Mr. Thomas
Is the Minister aware that I am not surprised that he tries to avoid any responsibility in this matter, 1675 but there is a widespread belief in the City of Cardiff that this is simply means of blackmailing people into buying council houses and that it is not due solely to the financial income of the authority? Will the right hon. Gentleman look at the matter again?
§ Mr. Macmillan
I will of course look at anything the hon. Member asks me to look at, and I shall be glad to discuss the question with him, but the statutory obligation of the fixing of rents-and this is not the only case of its kind-rests with the council, and not with me.
§ Mr. Thomas
In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the last reply, I propose to raise this matter on the Adjournment at the first opportunity.