§ 22. Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the rate of sale of non-sheltered council dwellings for the elderly under the right-to-buy provision.
§ Sir George Young
Non-sheltered housing for the elderly is included in the right to buy unless landlords apply to the Secretary of State for exemption. Where such an application is made, my right hon. Friend must consider it against the criteria laid down in the Act. Considerations relating to the overall rate of sales do not enter into his decisions on individual cases.
§ Mr. John Patten
Representations are received from tenants whose purchase is delayed or who disagree with their landlord over the terms of sale. The Department offers advice and may take cases up with the authority concerned. There have also been many inquiries about the provisions of the Housing and Planning Bill.