HC Deb 17 June 1920 vol 130 cc1483-4W

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to a demonstration in Manchester of tenants of business premises, at which a resolution was passed protesting against the action of many landlords in giving their tenants notice to quit without the option of paying an increased rent, or in demanding an unreasonable rent for the premises, and urging the Government to take immediate action to secure the tenants of business premises in their hold-holdings and to restrain the landlords from exacting extortionate rents and whether, in view of the growing agitation on this matter, and of the fact that many notices to quit expire on the 24th of June, he will reconsider his decision and take prompt action to protect these tenants of business premises?


I have received representations from tenants of business premises in Manchester, to the general effect stated in the question. As my right hon. Friend is no doubt aware, a provision for the protection of tenants of business premises within the rental limits applicable to dwelling houses has been inserted in the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (Restrictions) Bill by the Standing Committee.

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