HC Deb 19 July 1962 vol 663 cc76-7W
22. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he will make a statement on the operation of the Rent Act, 1957, giving details to show the effect it has had on rents, on accommodation available for rent, and on the housing problem.

Sir K. Joseph

The Social Survey Report showed that, on decontrol, rent increases generally have been reasonable and that the automatic sale of houses by landlords on regaining possession has been checked. The restarting of a free market in rented accommodation has given many families their first opportunity of obtaining a home.