HC Deb 02 June 1949 vol 465 c166W
29. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the inconvenience caused to estate agents through the practice of serving summonses on them as owners of property whereas they are merely the agents; and whether he will introduce legislation requiring local authorities when serving summonses and abatement notices on an agent to describe him as such.

Mr. Bevan

I do not think legislation is necessary, but I am looking further into the particular case of which the hon. Member has informed me.

Sir J. Lucas

asked the Minister of Health in view of the fact that local authorities serve sanitary abatement orders on estate agents, falsely describing them as owners, when in fact they are not so, if, and when, it is intended to amend the Public Health Act, 1936, to remedy this injustice.

Mr. Bevan

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to his oral Question today.

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