HC Deb 05 February 1959 vol 599 cc556-7
13. Mr. Hale

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the houses in Northern Ireland, vested in the Irish Sailors' and Soldiers' Land Trust, have been sold to ex-Service men tenants and to the widows of ex-Service men to the most recent convenient date for computation; and at what average price.

Mr. Erroll

The sale of houses by the Irish Sailors' and Soldiers' Land Trust is not a matter for which the Chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible and I would suggest that the hon. Member should make inquiry of the Trust.

Mr. Hale

Is the Minister aware that when tenants made inquiries of the council they had to wait for four-and-a half months for a reply, that similar houses in the Irish Free State are subject to a court of appeal ruling, being let rent-free to tenants, and that there is great distress and anxiety amongst these tenants? As the Treasury houses the Irish Land Trust, is there not such a responsibility that the Chancellor might well receive a deputation on this matter?

Mr. Erroll

No. I have already stated that the Chancellor has no responsibility. I suggest that the hon. Member's question should be directed to the Trust.