asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will investigate the reasons for the delay by his Department's West Midlands regional office to the request made by the Lichfield district council on 6 September last for a legal opinion in respect of the status of the tenancy of 113 Dimbes Lane, Lichfield; and if he will make a statement.
Lichfield district council's letter of 6 September 1982 was not received at the Department's West Midlands regional office until 13 September. Further information was necessary from the council before a legal opinion could be obtained. There was no undue delay in dealing with the inquiry which considered that, within the provisions of the Housing Act 1980, the status of the tenancy of 113 Dimbes Lane, Lichfield, could not be regarded as a "secure tenancy". This opinion was communicated to the council on 1 November 1982.