§ [The question was as follows:
§ To ask His Majesty's Government what are the means of deciding the rent to be paid for houses built by, local authorities and on which the agricultural subsidy is being paid.]
§ LORD HENDERSON
Under the Housing Act of 1936, local authorities are empowered to make such reasonable charges for the tenancy or occupation of their houses as they may determine, provided that they take into consideration the rents ordinarily payable by persons of the working classes in the locality. These provisions apply to houses in respect of which the special standard subsidy is paid as to other local authority houses.