HC Deb 06 March 1962 vol 655 c48W
65. Mr. F. Taylor

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs why he recently authorised council tenant councillors on the Manchester City Council to vote on the subject of municipal rents and thus placed them in a position to secure that the Manchester Corporation retain council rents at their present heavily subsidised level.

Mr. Rippon

These dispensations were given because there was a possibility of the adoption of a policy to which the majority of the council was opposed. It has been the declared policy of successive Ministers to give sympathetic consideration to applications for dispensations in these circumstances. In considering such applications, it would be quite wrong for my right hon. Friend to concern himself with the merits of the matters in issue.