§ Mr. Ashton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what grant Retford Rural Council will receive for the slum clearance of 71, Middleton Row, North Leverton, Retford; whether he will refuse to pay the grant in view of the fact that the Council are refusing to rehouse the occupants who have lived there four years; and whether he will make an investigation into the eviction of the tenants under the Small Tenements Act, 1838.
§ Mr. Channon
If Clause 11 of the Housing Finance Bill becomes law, subsidy will be paid towards the annual loss incurred by an authority on slum clearance operations generally. Provided the statutory requirements are satisfied, my right hon. Friend has no power to withhold the subsidy. He has no jurisdiction in the statutory procedures in Part II of the Housing Act, 1957.