HC Deb 20 December 1955 vol 547 cc1832-3
29. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland on what grounds he granted approval for new rules for the Northern Housing Association, Dundee.

Mr. J. Stuart

I gave my approval because the new rules accord with those of other housing associations and there were no grounds on which I would have been justified in withholding approval.

Mr. Thomson

Is the Secretary of State aware that when this association tried to raise its rents under its old rules and sought his permission for so doing, I asked him to intervene and the right hon. Gentleman said that he could not intervene as it was purely a matter between the tenants and the courts? How then does he square that with his action now in giving his approval to rules which will allow the association to do what it likes with its rents? If the right hon. Gentleman cannot step in to protect the tenants, could not he stand outside the arena and let the tenants solve this matter themselves with the housing association?

Mr. Stuart

I have only done what has been done in the case of local authorities increased rents and all other housing association increased rents. I am merely dealing with this on the same basis as the others. If I did not do so, it would require fresh legislation.

Mr. Thomson

In view of the very unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.