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Council House Sales

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the number of houses sold under the right-to-buy legislation; and what is now his policy towards those local authorities he considers to be delaying sales unreasonably.

Overall there has been a substantial increase in the number of sales completed under the right-to-buy legislation in recent months and there is evidence of a strong upward trend. In those authorities where progress does not appear satisfactory my right hon. Friend is taking steps to establish for the purposes of Section 23 of the Act whether tenants have, or may have, difficulty in exercising the right to buy effectively and expeditiously.