§ Mr. Paget
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will draw to the attention of those responsible for the review of the compensation code that the sum being assessed as market value for houses subject to compulsory purchase in Northampton is rather less than half the average cost of purchasing a similar house in an area which, prior to the compulsory purchase order, was of similar character; and whether he will instruct them to rectify this position.
§ Mr. Graham Page
All aspects of compensation for houses subject to compulsory acquisition are being examined in our review. The assessment of compensation in Northampton is a matter for negotiation between the council and the owners concerned, or their professional advisers. In case of dispute the matter can be referred to the Lands Tribunal for a decision.