§ Mr. Redmond
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations have been made to him by local authorities concerning the effects of Sections 66(4), 21(1) and 18(1) of the Housing Finance Act 1972 on modernisation of pre-war council houses and the ability of local authorities to give assistance to tenants while work proceeds; what replies he has sent; and whether he has any proposals for amending legislation.
§ Mr. Channon
The Department has advised the handful of local authorities which have raised this matter that if they consider that the personal or domestic circumstances of any tenants are exceptional they can grant them a more generous rebate from their rent than the Act provides for. I do not consider it326W necessary to amend the Housing Finance Act on this account.