HC Deb 10 June 1980 vol 986 c342

( ).—In this section— registered association "means a registered housing association within the meaning of the Housing Act 1974; and registered society" means a housing association which is a registered society within the meaning of section 74 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 and whose rules restrict membership to persons who are tenants or prospective tenants of the association and preclude the granting or assigning of tenancies to persons other than members.—[Mr. Rifkind.]

Brought up, and read the first time.

Mr. Rifkind

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this, it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments Nos. 97 and 192.

Mr. Rifkind

Tenancies of co-ownership housing associations registered with the Housing Corporation are excluded from part II of the Bill by paragraph 9 of schedule 1. That is for the reason that I mentioned earlier, namely, that a person in that position does not require that form of protection. However, there are also an unknown number of unregistered co-ownership associations. The new clause replaces paragraph 9 of schedule I with a more comprehensive set of provisions to clarify the position of that group of associations. In addition to the provisions for registered co-ownerships currently contained in the Bill, it provides that the security of tenure provisions of part II of the Bill shall apply to unregistered co-ownerships, and provides also that any registered co-ownership association which for some reason ceases to be registered must inform its tenants within 21 days that they have become secure tenants. In addition, it excludes from security of tenure fully mutual co-operative housing associations—that is, co-operatives whose members are all tenants, and all of whose tenants are members. Clearly the nature of such a co-operative does not require that form of provision.

The other amendments taken with the new clause are consequential. I commend the new clause to the House.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.

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