HC Deb 15 April 1948 vol 449 cc83-4W
68. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the dissatisfaction experienced by tenants of furnished dwelling houses who desire to bring their cases before a rent tribunal but are deterred by the possibility of being evicted at the end of three months; in how many cases furnished dwelling houses have been requisitioned by local authorities for occupation by the sitting tenant after reference has been made to a tribunal; in what circumstances such requisitioning is permitted; and whether he will consider issuing a statement to assist tenants to ascertain whether they will be eligible for such protection if they refer their cases to a tribunal.

Mr. Bevan

I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of Circular 198/46 by which I delegated to clerks of local authorities power to requisition occupied premises where tenants were threatened with eviction before the end of the three months' period of security of tenure laid down under the Act. I have no record of the number of requisitions in pursuance of this delegation. As regards eviction threats after the end of the three months, I am prepared to entertain applications from clerks of local authorities for special delegation of requisitioning powers and such powers have been granted in 101 cases to protect 191 families. The granting of such powers depends on the circumstances of the individual case and persons affected should communicate with their local authority.