Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:37 pm on 5th July 1983.

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Photo of Mr Ian Gow Mr Ian Gow , Eastbourne 3:37 pm, 5th July 1983

No such amendment is contemplated at present, but I do not exclude that possibility. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State will be issuing an amendment to the existing general consent later this week.

The House will recall that when the Bill was introduced in the previous Parliament, the then clause 2 gave the right to buy to tenants of charitable housing associations where their homes had been financed with housing association grants. That clause was defeated in another place. My predecessor and I have received representations from the tenants involved and from a number of my hon. Friends asking that their position should be reconsidered following the defeat of clause 2. My hon. Friends confirm the depth of their feeling on this subject. We are considering whether we can respond in some way to those representations, but I hope that the House will understand if I cannot make any announcement this afternoon.

I come to parts II and III of the Bill, which deal with building control.