HC Deb 18 July 1929 vol 230 cc645-6W

asked the Minister of Health the reason of the variation of rents on the Bexley Heath housing estate, built by the Bexley Council in 1925 and 1926; and whether these houses are identical in size, material, and cost of construction?


I understand that out of 84 houses on the Highland Road estate of the Bexley Urban District Council 12 houses are let at definitely lower rents than the remainder. I will have inquiries made and will communicate with my hon. Friend.


asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that in Wood Green, Battersea, Paddington, and Streatham hundreds of tenants in decontrolled houses are, by one company alone, being charged rents ranging from 10 per cent. to 40 per cent. above the 40 per cent. permitted by the Rent Restrictions Act; and if he proposes to seek additional power to enable him to terminate this profiteering?


My attention has been drawn to cases in the areas mentioned in which rents of decontrolled houses have been increased. As regards the last part of the question I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement I made in the Debate on the Adjournment on 15th July, to which I am unable at present to add anything.