HC Deb 05 May 1965 vol 711 cc196-7W
Mr. Ernest Armstrong

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will state, for the years ended 31st March 1964, 31st December 1964, and 31st March 1965, in respect of development districts in the North-East, the number of applications for grants for the clearance of derelict land, the number approved, giving cost and acreage, the number rejected and the number still under consideration.

Mr. MacColl

The following table gives the information asked for in respect of applications made by local authorities in the North-East for grant under Section 5 of the Local Employment Act 1960 for each of the years in question:

will issue a circular to local authorities urging them not to undertake action for the enforcement and institution of proceedings against landlords on offences under the Act, in order to leave these functions to local police forces.

Mr. Crossman

No. In general, I think that local authorities are appropriate bodies to take proceedings for offences against the Protection from Eviction Act. I issued a circular earlier this year calling attention to their powers in this connection and suggesting that they should use them wherever this is called for.