HC Deb 24 February 1966 vol 725 cc601-2
8. Mr. McBride

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many rent officers have been appointed in Wales under the Rent Act 1965; and if he will make a statement.

The Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Harold Finch)

Twenty-two rent officers have been appointed and one vacancy remains to be filled. Nine of the twenty-three appointments will be part-time. My right hon. Friend intends to bring Part II of the Rent Act, 1965, into operation in Wales on 14th March, 1966.

Mr. McBride

My hon. Friend's reply shows great progress, but is he aware that unscrupulous landlords are seeking, quite illegally and outside the scope of the Rent Act, to impose increases on tenants? Will he finally ensure that every possible method of bringing home to the tenant his full rights under the Act is made available to him?

Mr. Finch

I assure my hon. Friend that when the Rent Act comes into operation it will remove some of the anomalies and injustices existing at present. A booklet has been issued to explain the Act, and this will be known to the people of Wales as elsewhere in the country.