§ Mr. George Rodgers
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to ensure that the sale of council houses should only take place when local authorities have secured authorisation from his Department.
§ Mr. Freeson:
Such powers already exist, but a general consent has operated for many years. The extent of selling has diminished considerably; in the last nine months of 1974 only 1,200 dwellings were sold by local authorities in England and Wales, compared with 20,000 in the same period in 1973.