§ Mr. Lomas
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether increases in office rents are covered and restricted by the Counter-Inflation Act.
§ Mr. Channon
The Counter-Inflation (Business Rents) Order 1972 (SI/1972 No. 1850), made under the Counter-Inflation (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972 prevents increases in business rents. This order expires on 28th April. As the Government have announced in their White Paper, "The Operation of Stage Two", Cmnd. 5267, paragraph 196, a further order to continue the standstill on business rents will be made under the Counter-Inflation Act 1973.