Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the process of acquisition involves bringing in an official arbiter? How long will it take to give effect to his decision? Is the general average 10 or 12 months?
Does not the hon. and gallant Gentleman think it well worth while a local authority acquiring these houses? Would he encourage local authorities to acquire them, whether they have to wait on the arbiter or not?
In view of the apparent reluctance of local authorities to take advantage of powers contained in the Housing Act to acquire these houses, will Her Majesty's Government give sympathetic consideration to a Private Member's Bill, standing in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Dunbartonshire, West (Mr. Steele)?