§ Mr. John H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will take further steps to expedite the sale of council houses in Sheffield.
§ Mr. Stanley
My Department wrote to the city council yesterday giving formal warning that my right hon. Friend is contemplating giving it notice of his intention to use his powers of intervention under section 23 of the Housing Act 1980 to enable tenants of the authority to exercise their right to buy and their right to a mortgage.