§ 32. Mr. John Lee
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will make a statement on his policy regarding the municipalisation of rented property.
§ Mr. Greenwood
The major evils caused by the 1957 Rent Act have been met through protection from eviction, the outlawing of harassment, and the fair rent machinery. We are at present considering proposals for repair and improvement of older houses. A continuance of our record completions of new houses will steadily reduce the impact of scarcity. All local housing authorities already have wide powers enabling them to take rented houses into municipal ownership for statutory duties under the Housing Act.