HC Deb 15 November 1950 vol 480 cc176-7W
Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the composition of districts into which Scotland is divided for the purpose of the Rent of Furnished Houses Control (Scotland) Act, 1943, as amended by the Landlord and Tenant (Rent Control) Act, 1949; for which of these districts rent tribunals are at present in existence; how many references were made to rent tribunals in the year ended 31st March, 1950; and in how many cases the rent was reduced, maintained or increased, respectively.

Mr. McNeil

The Rent of Furnished Houses Control (Scotland) Act, 1943, has been applied to all local authority areas in Scotland except the counties of Banff and Selkirk, and the burghs of Cullen, Portknockie, Auchterarder, Elie and Earlsferry, Kilrenny and Anstruther, St. Monance, Crail, Pittenweem, Linlithgow, Armadale, Kirkintilloch, Millport and Inveraray.

Scotland is divided into the following districts for the purposes of the Act and each district is served by a separate rent tribunal: 1, City of Aberdeen; 2, City of Dundee; 3, City of Edinburgh; 4, City of Glasgow; 5, Counties of Aberdeen and Kincardine; 6, Angus; 7, North Argyll; 8, South Argyll and Bute; 9, North Ayrshire; 10, South Ayrshire; 11, Counties of Banff and Moray; 12, Counties of Berwick, Roxburgh and Selkirk; 13, Caithness; 14, Counties of Clackmannan and Stirling; 15, Dumfries and Galloway; 16, Dumbartonshire; 17, Fife (Dunfermline area); 18, Fife (Central and East area); 19, Harris and Lewis; 20, Counties of Inverness (except Harris) and Nairn; 21, Lanarkshire; 22, Lothians and Peebles; 23, Orkney; 24, Counties of Perth and Kinross; 25, East Renfrew-shire; 26, West Renfrewshire; 27, Ross and Cromarty (except Lewis); 28, Sutherland; 29, Zetland.

During the year ended 31st March, 1950, 292 competent references to fix reasonable rents (including original references and subsequent references following on a change of circumstances in the let) were made to the tribunals. In the 282 cases decided by the tribunals during the year, the rents were reduced in 218 cases, approved in 44 and increased in 20.