§ Major Beamish
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what recommendations he has made to local authorities regarding the exclusion of certain pensions and allowances from the assessment of a tenant's weekly earnings for the purposes of calculating his ability to pay unsubsidised rents; and what record is kept of local authorities that do not exclude for such assessments Government pensions granted to members of Her 235W Majesty's Forces on account of wounds or disability attributable to service in the Forces.
§ Mr. Sandys
I am considering giving some guidance to local authorities on this and other related matters. Local authorities are solely responsible for fixing the rents of their houses, and they do not normally inform me of their practice in this regard.