HC Deb 22 July 1958 vol 592 c214
39. Mr. Simmons

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what progress he has to report concerning the inquiry into the need for measures for controlling the rents of plots on caravan sites and security of tenure for residents on such sites, which he promised in response to the memorandum submitted by the Brierley Hill Urban District Council.

Mr. Bevins

The council was told that its suggestions had been noted, along with other proposals for altering the law on caravan sites, but that there was no early prospect of amending legislation. This remains the position.

Mr. Simmons

The Minister will realise that caravan sites are not a temporary problem. Many people prefer them to houses, and it is important that we should get decent conditions for these people. Can he promise legislation next Session?

Mr. Bevins

I am afraid that I cannot promise legislation on behalf of my right hon. Friend in this matter next Session. As the hon. Member knows, this is a very contentious subject indeed, and it may be that other matters will require precedence.

Mr. Mitchison

Ought not the right hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friend to do something about it? So long as there is insufficient housing in the large towns people have to go to caravans. Many of them like it; others do not.

Mr. Bevins

There may still be an insufficiency of houses, but that insufficiency is nothing like what is was years ago.

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