asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to amend the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 to enable the relaxation of the five year rule of occupation which would permit a relative to buy the freehold, re-examine the formula used to determine the price of the freehold, consider direct assistance to pay the legal fees of residents wishing to buy the freehold, establish local appeals tribunals to replace the London-based lands tribunal and release funds to local authorities to permit home owners to borrow the money necessary to purchase their freeholds.
As regards amendments to the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 2 November 1979 by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Wales to the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell).—[Vol. 972, c 684.]