§ 107. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland in what circumstances he allowed, under his letter of 27th February, 1946, county councillors of Lanark County Council, who were tenants of council houses, to vote in matters affecting the rents of such houses.
§ Mr. Westwood
Under the Local Government Amendment (Scotland) Act 1939, the Secretary of State may remove the disability imposed under that Act upon councillors personally interested in a particular item of business in any case in which it appears to him that it is in the interests of the inhabitants of the area that he should do so. The disability was removed in the case in question because more than a third of the landward members of the Council would otherwise have been precluded from discussing and voting upon the question of a standardisation of rents and rent rebate scheme which is a matter of direct concern to a large proportion of the electorate they represent.