HC Deb 28 November 1938 vol 342 c46W
Sir J. Smedley Crooke

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the serious hardship and distress suffered by tenants of houses who, through adverse circumstances, are in arrears in the payment of rents and have their homes broken up through the landlord instructing bailiffs to enter their homes, he will consider taking powers to amend the law giving to landlords only similar privileges as are afforded to ordinary creditors?

Mr. Elliot

I have already set up a Committee under the chairmanship of His Honour Judge C. W. Lilley to advise whether the protection against distress for rent now afforded to tenants of controlled houses by Section 6 of the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (Restrictions) Act, 1920, should be extended to the tenants of decontrolled houses and other houses of a similar class, and to make recommendations on any other questions in relation to distress for rent in premises of the above classes which may seem to be of importance. I am not in a position to make any further statement until I have received the report of that Committee.

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