HC Deb 24 January 1979 vol 961 c404
5. Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the present position regarding the sale of property owned by his Department to Calderdale district council.

Mr. Horam

Discussions have taken place about the basis of valuation for such a sale. We have recently clarified our position and now await the council's response to our offer.

Mr. Madden

Why have the negotiations been so long-winded? How many properties are concerned? When does my hon. Friend expect a settlement to be made?

Mr. Horam

The discussions have taken a long time, but my hon. Friend knows that we have not been slow in this matter. The council has taken some time to come to conclusions. I believe that about 13 houses are concerned. I hope that we shall be able to make a settlement in the next few weeks.