§ Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received about alleged over-charging by landlords for rooms rented by young persons; and if he will discuss this matter with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities as soon as possible.
§ Mr. Michael Ancram
My right hon. and learned Friend has received no representations specifically about alleged overcharging by landlords for rooms rented by young persons. Some representations have, however, been received from local authorities and other bodies about the alleged excessive levels of rent charged by some private sector landlards for poor quality accommodation. If the convention has relevant evidence on any aspect of these matters, my right hon. and learned Friend is prepared to consider it at any time.