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Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to introduce legislation for the enfranchisement of leaseholders of flats.

I have no immediate plans to do so. As the law stands, freehold tenure does not provide a sound basis for the ownership of flats. The concept of commonhold is being developed with a view to overcoming this problem, but a number of important issues remain to be resolved. I understand that my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor intends to make a statement on the subject in due course.