HC Deb 12 December 1961 vol 651 cc195-6
20. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will introduce legislation to amend the law relating to leaseholds.

Dr. Hill

I have no proposals for legislation at present.

Mr. Donnelly

Why not? Does the right hon. Gentleman seriously expect the House to believe that at least the Government are united on one topic?

Dr. Hill

My predecessor undertook to consider the letters of complaints which came in. He invited them and forty-nine such letters were received. They are being studied with the advice of the valuers, but I have nothing more to add to my reply.

Mr. G. Thomas

Is the Minister aware that I like the words "at present" in his reply and that if he wants letters concerning the leasehold system from Wales I can arrange for him to have them by the thousand?

Dr. Hill

I had the impression that the hon. Member had already done his best to that end.

Mr. M. Foot

Can the right hon. Gentleman offer any single piece of evidence that on this subject or any other his policy is still not being run by his predecessor?

Dr. Hill

It is for the hon. Member with his well-known standards of fairness to arrive at his own conclusion.

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