§ 8. Mr. Talbot
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he will take powers to allow an appeal to lie to him from tenants evicted by local authorities in cases not involving arrears of rent or misbehaviour.
§ Mr. Talbot
Is my right hon. Friend aware that in the case of a Mr. Gower, of which I have given him notice, the Brierley Hill Urban District Council has threatened to eject him on the sole ground that he has a telephone installed in his council house for the purpose of receiving calls for his taxi business, 1126 which he carries on in another local authority area? Does not the Minister consider this unreasonable, and does not he think he should have power to prevent this?
§ Mr. Brooke
I sent out a circular to the local authorities last year inviting them to simplify their tenancy regulations and to remove any conditions that were not eminently reasonable, but I think we must leave the management of their estates to the local authorities. In the case which my hon. Friend has mentioned, I understand that it is not simply a question of the tenant having a telephone, but of him bringing his three taxis back to the estate every night and parking them either on the road or on vacant plots in the estate.