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Parliamentary Reporter

? WELLINGTON, this day. When an Opposition member in the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon moved the addition of a clause to the Finance Bill with the. object of waiving some of the provisions of the Fair Rents Act to give returned servicemen temporary accommodation in houses or rooms, it transpired that the Government proposes to legislate on those lines.

"Did he steal your thunder?" asked a National member when the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, objected to the new clause as being unsuitable for the Finance Bill.

After receiving an assurance from the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, Mr. Aderman (Nat., New Plymouth) withdrew his amendment in connection with the matter. The House had completed committee consideration of the Finance Bill when Mr. Aderman moved that a new clause be added enabling a house owner, who was unwilling to let rooms or..a dwelling" for an indefinite term, to make an agreement with a returned serviceman, subject to approval by a magistrate, for a term of occupa-! tion not exceeding 12 months. Hel said the proposal would provide! some temporary housing relief, as! it would throw open some dwellings which owners would not make available without a safeguard against, indefinite occupation,. j Matter Under Consideration The Minister of Finance raised the point of order that the amendment was not relevant to the bill. He explained that provisions of a similar nature were under the consideration of the Government and instructions had been given to draft an amendment to the Fair Rents Act Mr. Poison (Nat, Stratford) said he knew nothing of the amendment until he heard it read in the House. It had been brought down by the member for New Plymouth at the request of the R.S.A. As men came back from overseas the housing situation became more urgent. If the Government gave a promise to put such a clause in the bill, the member for: New Plymouth would withdraw the amendment

The Prime Minister said an important question had been raised and he must have time to examine the amendment. He thought Mr. Aderman had done a service in bringing the amendment forward. He would certainly look at the matter before the bill went to another place and if it could not be included in the bill it would be dealt with without any avoidable delay.

In withdrawing the amendment, Mr. Aderman said the r spirit in which the Prime- Minister had replied'was the spirit in which the amendment was put forward.

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FAIR RENTS ACT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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FAIR RENTS ACT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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