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Council House Sales, West Wiltshire

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will hold an inquiry into the sale of a council house by West Wiltshire district council for £16,500 a year ago, which is now on sale at £39,500; and if, to safeguard the interests of ratepayers, taxpayers and other council tenants, he will take steps to prevent similar private profiteering.

No. Subject to any preemption or resale conditions, I do not think we should deny former council tenants who have purchased their homes the same right as other home-owners to offer their homes for sale at a price of their own choosing.