HC Deb 15 April 1958 vol 586 c23
38. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has yet ascertained how many tenants of houses in Aberdeen are affected by the Rent Act, 1957; and how many are likely to be evicted from their homes.

Mr. Maclay

As the landlords and tenants of the 400 let houses in the City which will be decontrolled under the Act have until October to negotiate new leases, it is not possible to say at this stage how many tenants are likely to be required to remove.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Secretary of State realise that this is a matter affecting the life, health and happiness of many people? Will he take steps to ensure that such an inquiry is instituted in time to see that these people are properly cared for?

Mr. Maclay

If the hon. and learned Gentleman will study my original reply, I think that he will see that it is not possible to tell, because there is plenty of time for agreement to be reached.