HC Deb 01 February 1955 vol 536 cc897-8
42. Mr. McInnes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now satisfied that the Housing (Repairs and Rents) (Scotland) Act, 1954, is serving the purpose for which it was designed; and if he will make a statement.

Commander Galbraith

The Act has been in operation for only five months and it is too early yet to judge its effects.

Mr. McInnes

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that: this Act was designed to placate the factors and property owners, and that they have now forecast its failure? Will he agree with the Opposition that the Act should never have been introduced at all?

Commander Galbraith

The hon. Gentleman is completely in error.

Mr. Hoy

Is the Minister aware that adverse criticism of this Act has been made by two Scottish sheriffs, who have said that it is impossible to interpret it because of its lack of clarity? Will he do something to put it in order?