§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
asked the Minister of Health if he will introduce legislation to reduce rents of working-class houses, up to £50, by 50 per cent., seeing that since the landlords got the increase of rent, which is equal to 50 per cent., wages 1010W have been reduced by 50 per cent. and are still being reduced; and whether he is aware that whereas 25 per cent. of the increase was given on the understanding that the landlords would do all the necessary repairs, and the factors before the War did all the internal painting and papering the walls of working-class houses, now they do nothing of the kind?
§ Miss LAWRENCE
I would remind my hon. Friend that the operation of the Rent Restriction Acts is at present under consideration by the Inter-Departmental Committee which was appointed by myself and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. Amending legislation must clearly await the Committee's report, which, as my right hon. Friend has already indicated, he hopes to receive before the end of the Session.