HC Deb 09 August 1972 vol 842 cc1708-9
12. Mr. Rost

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will arrange to make an official visit to Long Eaton.

The Secretary of State for the Environment (Mr. Peter Walker)

I have no immediate plans to do so.

Mr. Rost

Has my right hon. Friend noted that, egged on by Labour Members of Parliament, the Long Eaton council has misguidedly decided not to-implement the Housing Finance Act and, as a result, many hundreds of the least well off of my constituents living in rented accommodation, both private and council, will not be getting their rebates? If my right hon. Friend cannot come to Long Eaton, will he at least give me some guidance on how I may protect the least well off of my constituents, since the Labour Party obviously does not care?

Mr. Walker

I suggest that my hon. Friend advises the Long Eaton council to get in touch with some of the many authorities which brought in the national rebate scheme last April and can explain how successful it has been.