§ 22. Mr. Clinton Davis
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to prohibit local authorities from instructing estate agents to effect sales of local authority houses.
§ The Minister for Housing and Construction (Mr. Julian Amery)
No, Sir. Some local authorities find estate agents useful in selling their houses and I see no reason for depriving them of this assistance.
§ Mr. Davis
Will the right hon. Gentleman ensure that no local authorities, within the Inner London area at least, where there is obviously great housing need, will embark on a policy of this kind? Is it not sheer lunacy for 1821 such authorities to embark on the sale of council houses, having regard to housing needs? It is not adding insult to injury to expect ratepayers to bear the very high commissions which estate agents would demand for the sale of council houses?
§ Captain W. Elliot
Does not my right hon. Friend agree that there is no decrease in the housing stock whether the occupant owns a house or rents it?