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Volume 118: debated on Monday 29 June 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current position in respect of the transfer of Thamesmead to the Thamesmead trust.

The transfer would have taken place by 18 May, following the issue on 11 May by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State of a direction under section 65 of the Local Government Act 1985, but for the fact that the London borough of Camden challenged the validity of the direction. The consequent judicial review was heard between 17 and 22 June and we are now awaiting judgment which is expected early in July.