HC Deb 02 February 1971 vol 810 cc329-30W
Mr. Delargy

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how many increases or decreases were decided by the rent officer in the Thurrock district during the last 12 months;

(2) how many claims for adjustment in rent have been referred from the Thurrock district to the rent officer during the last 12 months to the nearest convenient date;

(3) how many appeals were made by persons in the Thurrock district against the rent officer's assessment to the area assessment panel during the last 12 months;

(4) how many increases in rent of people in the Thurrock district were decided by the area assessment panel in the last 12 months; how many of these increases were of 100 per cent., 200 per cent., 300 per cent., 400 per cent. and over, respectively.

Mr. Channon

In 1970 the rent officer for Thurrock sub-area of the Essex Rent Registration area received 167 applications for registration of a fair rent and 58 applications for a certificate of fair rent. Details of registrations by the rent officer are not readily available. In the same period five appeals were made to the rent assessment committee following the rent officer's decision.

Of the committee decisions, two increases of rent were over 300 per cent. and one was over 200 per cent., but these related to controlled dwellings and involved certificates of fair rent and therefore referred to rent payable if the properties were improved. The increases would be phased. In both of the other cases, the increase was less than 50 per cent.