asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has as to the reasons for the delay by Southwark council in proceeding with the application of Mr. and Mrs. L. Downing of 17 Hillsborough Road to buy their council house; and when he now expects the transaction to be completed.
I understand that Mr. and Mrs. Downing's right to buy application was delayed principally by Southwark council's failure, as yet, to produce a standard from of transfer for leasehold houses. I expect Mr. and Mrs. Downing to receive legal documentation by the end of June and for completion to take place within a month thereafter. I regret the delays caused by Southwark council.