HC Deb 26 March 1968 vol 761 cc1149-50
15. Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will refer the increase of an average of £1 a week being charged by the Greater London Council to residents in their hostels to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.

Mr. MacColl

These charges include the provision of meals and services and I understand involve a substantial loss to the Council. My right hon. Friend does not consider it would be appropriate in present circumstances to refer the charges to the National Board for Prices and Incomes.

Mr. Lubbock

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the loss to the Council is £70,000 a year, a small sum in comparison with its total budget? This increase will fall most harshly on a section of the community least able to afford it. Will he at least ask the G.L.C. to amend the rules whereby no rebates can he granted unless the charge exceeds 45 per cent. of the gross income?

Mr. MacColl

I share the hon. Gentleman's concern that there should not be any unnecessary increases. I have no evidence of hardship caused but if the hon. Gentleman has some and would let me have it, I should be grateful.