§ Mr. Durant
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make public the working party report on output in the rent officer service; and if he will make a statement.589W
§ Mr. Stanley
Yes. I have placed a copy in the Library today. The report, which was prepared by a working party consisting of rent officers and officials of the Department, examines ways in which applications for the registration of fair rents might be dealt with more speedily. It is concerned essentially with procedures and has no implications for the590W basis on which fair rents are assessed independently by individual rent officers.
Subject to the views of the Institute of Rent Officers, which is currently being consulted, the Government propose to accept the working party's recommendations and to amend the Housing Bill accordingly.