HC Deb 09 June 1959 vol 606 cc787-8
7. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent he consulted the National Federation of Property Owners at his meeting with them at Pitlochry on 21st May on the question of rents.

Mr. J. N. Browne

My right hon. Friend, who attended the annual dinner of the Federation on 21st May as a guest, has asked me to tell the hon. Gentleman that he did not consult the Federation on the question of rents.

Mr. Hughes

Will the hon. Gentleman tell us why he used this occasion to call municipal tenants the privileged class?

Mr. Browne

I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Gentleman by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 2nd June.

Mr. Ross

Although it is said that the Joint Under-Secretary did not consult the Federation on rents, will he be consulting them in future, since he went out of his way to talk to people, not concerned with council houses at all, about this subject?

Mr. Browne

I should like the hon. Member to put a Question on the Order Paper.