HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 c864W
Mr. Glenvil Hall

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the repeal of the registration provisions of the Rent Restrictions Acts by the 1939 Act, he will issue a circular explanatory of the duty of county borough and county district councils in maintaining the register, allowing the public access thereto, and issuing certificates of registration or non-registration?

Mr. Elliot

The present rent restrictions legislation contains no provisions for the decontrol of houses and there is accordingly no need for the registration machinery. Although local authorities no longer have any duties in relation to the registers required to be kept under earlier legislation, I have no doubt that they would readily allow access to those registers by any person interested, and I think it undesirable under present circumstances to send a special circular on the matter.