§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to enable voluntary organisations which help battered wives and children to become housing associations.
§ Mr. Channon
Any organisation, including one of the sort described in the hon. Member's Question and which complies with the definition in the Housing Act 1957, can readily become a housing association and the Housing Corporation is ready to advise on any procedural steps needed. Since there are, however, already a great many housing associations catering for a wide variety of persons, organisations contemplating housing provision may prefer to obtain the assistance of an existing housing association with an established structure for housing management.