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Basildon (Housing Ballot)

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will announce a decision on the future ownership of houses formerly the responsibility of the Basildon development corporation, following the result of the ballot among tenants announced on 8 April; and if he will make a statement.

I regard the so-called referendum undertaken by Basildon district council as misconceived and a waste of ratepayers' money. I shall reach a decision on future ownership when the tenants have been properly consulted by the Commission for the New Towns on detailed proposes for alternative landlords.