§ 46. Mr. Leonard
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many organisations representing council tenants requested meetings with him or his Ministerial colleagues to discuss the effects on tenants of the Housing Finance Bill.
§ Mr. Leonard
Does not that reply indicate that the excuse which Ministers have given that representatives of council tenants are asking for too many deputations to be received to discuss the Bill is utterly bogus, and does it not further indicate the contempt which Ministers are showing to council tenants in imposing this harsh and repressive Measure on them without any consultation whatever?
§ Mr. Tom Boardman
Is my right hon. Friend aware that hon. Gentlemen opposite are making grave misrepresentations and distortions about the effect of the Bill? Does he not consider it right to give the maximum publicity to the beneficial effects of the Bill and so to avoid groundless fears being caused to tenants?
§ Mr. Crosland
Is the Minister aware that by far the most serious misrepresentations about the Bill have been made by the Secretary of State for the Environment in a recent "Panorama" programme and when meeting a deputation of tenants from his constituency? If Ministers would stop giving totally untruthful accounts of the likely effects of the Bill, everyone would be much better off.