HC Deb 29 October 1919 vol 120 c713W

asked the Minister of Health whether he will recommend the application of the Profiteering Act to house property in view of the unsettlement caused to thousands of tenants by the sale of their houses over their heads; and will he seek powers to prohibit the granting of ejectment orders in all such cases until adequate alternative accommodation is provided?


It does not seem to me that the Profiteering Act can well be applied to house property. Tenants of houses to which the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Restriction Acts apply are protected from ejectment, and that in a case where the purchaser of a house requires the house for his own occupation or that of some person in his employ an ejectment order can only be made if the Court, after considering all the circumstances of the case, including especially the alternative accommodation available for the tenant, considers it reasonable to make elicit an order.