HC Deb 16 December 1970 vol 808 c1337
26. Mr. Cockeram

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has examined proposals for the use, by local authorities, of estate agents for valuation and sales promotion of council houses; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Channon

I understand that Birmingham City Council uses estate agents for this purpose. I welcome any initiative which helps to promote the sale of council houses.

Mr. Cockerham

Is my hon. Friend aware that if he really wants to sell council houses he could not do better than employ those who are professionally skilled in the job and who, additionally, can give mortgage advice? Will he advise local councils to follow that course?

Mr. Channon

Birmingham City Council has done an excellent job in this respect.

Mr. Clinton Davis

Are we to understand that local authorities are paying the usual rate of commission to estate agents for the sale of council houses?

Mr. Channon

This is a matter for the local authorities concerned, and perhaps the hon. Gentleman will consult them.