§ Mr. David Steel
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will now repeal the Small Tenements Recovery Act, 1838; and whether, in the meantime, he will take steps to ensure that no local authority will evict tenants under the Act pending its repeal.
§ Mr. Channon
The Government announced their intention to repeal the Small Tenements Recovery Act, 1838, in the White Paper "Fair Deal for 391W Housing". My right hon. Friend will shortly make an order under Section 35 of the Rent Act, 1965. In the meantime it would not be appropriate to ask local authorities to make no further use of the existing legislation.