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Volume 649: debated on Monday 13 November 1961

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Leasehold Enfranchisement, Wales

I beg to ask leave to present a Petition calling for revision of the leasehold laws as they affect Wales. Although the Petition is in the name of only one man, Mr. Arthur Rappe, of 66, Mardy Street, Grangetown, it has aroused such widespread interest in South Wales that over 57,000 people have added their signatures in support. The supporting signa- tures are being taken to the Minister of Housing and Local Government, as he advises the Government on Welsh affairs.

Included in the list are the names of leading public figures in each of the political parties as well as leaders in religious, social, educational and industrial life. The Petition calls attention to the harsh injustice of the present leasehold system and appeals to this House for remedial action. The wording is as follows:
To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
The Humble Petition by Arthur Rappe, 66, Mardy Street, Grangetown, Cardiff
That leaseholders in Wales are being held to ransom by finance corporations and ground landlords who demand excessive premiums before renewing leases, and who require unfair compensation for the purchase of the freehold.
Wherefore your Petitioner prays that legislation be introduced to ensure the right of every leaseholder who is an owner-occupier to purchase the freehold of his home at a fair and reasonable price.
And your Petitioner, as in duty bound, will ever pray, etc.

To lie upon the Table.