§ 40. Mr. Galbraith
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends to apply the fair rent machinery contained in the 1965 Act to houses which still remain controlled under the Rent Act, 1957.
§ Dr. Dickson Mabon
My right hon. Friend has no immediate plans for extending rent regulation to controlled houses.
§ Mr. Galbraith
How much longer is the hon. Member going to act like an ostrich? Surely it is clear that if some rents are too high other may be too low? It is impossible to deal with this problem if there is not enough money coming in to keep property repaired. Will not the hon. Gentleman consider the question from a practical point of view instead of a doctrinaire one?
§ Dr. Mabon
That is not a fair comment. We are dealing with 8,000 applications under the present Act, which was passed in 1965. We are trying to regroup our rent offices in order to get a balance, and so that they work to full capacity. We do not want more civil servants. I thought that both sides of the House were agreed on that. If so, we must wait until we can process the present work before we go on to the later stages.