§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will enlarge the terms of reference of the rent tribunal to take in rents of mobile 390W home parks; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Channon
Caravans let with the land they stand on have been held by the courts to come within the jurisdiction of rent tribunals.
Rent tribunals, whose task is to assess rents for dwellings, are not equipped to assess charges for pitches occupied by, and services provided to, caravans owned by their occupiers. As my hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and Development told the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Mr. Golding) on 18th October, 1971, legislation in this field could well injure the long-term interests of caravan dwellers by diminishing the supply of pitches.—[Vol. 823, c. 75.]