HC Deb 18 November 1999 vol 339 c5W
Mr. Crausby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what progress has been made on the Financial Management and Policy Review of Rent Assessment Panels in England. [98437]

Mr. Mullin

I have today published a consultation paper on a review of Rent Assessment Panels in England, setting out options for improving their organisation and management.

Rent Assessment Panels and their committees and tribunals drawn from them, have an important role to play in dealing with fair rent appeals and in resolving disputes between leaseholders and landlords. It is essential they provide an effective service and that it is responsive to the needs of the people who use them.

The consultation paper sets out a range of options aimed at simplifying the process for all parties and reducing the time taken for disputes to be resolved by the tribunals.

Copies of the consultation paper have been placed in the Library of the House.