§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he proposes to authorise local authorities in Scotland to proceed with increases in council house rents during the period of the Government's wages and prices standstill in cases where the authorities' Exchequer grants are reduced because of low rent income.
§ Mr. Ross
I am advising local authorities that, in accordance with the White Paper on the Prices and Incomes Standstill, I expect them to consult me if they think that an increase in the rents of their houses is unavoidable before the end of 1966. I will bear in mind during any such consultations the point to which the hon. Gentleman refers, but I must emphasise the importance of local authorities postponing rent increases wherever possible.
§ Mr. Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if the decision to freeze prices and incomes applies to house rents; and if he will make a statement on the matter.