§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why he has decided to increase with effect from 25 December the compensation payable to landlords whose property is the subject of a control order by their local council.
§ Sir George Young
Section 78 of the Housing Act 1964, as amended, imposes a duty on local authorities to pay compensation, fixed by reference to rateable values, to landlords who are dispossessed by a control order. The last rating revaluation took place in 1973. The level of compensation was adjusted in 1981 by Statutory Instrument 1981/781. S.I. 1984/1629 takes account of the change in values since then.