§ Mr. Carol Johnson
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether the present restrictions on the sale of council houses cover properties acquired by local authorities as well as houses built by them.
§ Mr. Greenwood
The present restrictions on the sale of council houses do not distinguish between houses built and houses acquired by a local authority. They apply to houses held under Part V of the Housing Act, 1957. The Minister's statutory consent to disposal is required where either any Exchequer payment or subsidy has been made, or the land (which includes houses) has been acquired compulsorily, or where the authority wishes to sell at less than market value.