HC Deb 10 December 1986 vol 107 c355

Mr. Ray Powell, on behalf of Mr. Donald Anderson, supported by Mr. Tom Cox, Mr. Robin Squire, Mr. Chris Smith, Mr. Charles Irving, Mr. Nick Raynsford, Mr. David Knox, Mr. John Cartwright, Mr. Dafydd Wigley, Mr. Keith Best, Mr. Michael Meadowcroft and Mr. Ron Leighton presented a Bill to update, strengthen and simplify the law and procedures relating to houses and buildings occupied by persons who do not form a single household; to define categories of such houses and provide standards to apply to them; to clarify the duty of owners of such houses to maintain those standards; to confer duties on local housing authorities to enforce the standards and assist improvements by grants; to extend and simplify local housing authorities' powers to make control orders and compulsory purchase orders on the grounds of harassment; to increase occupiers' rights to initiate improvements and to be rehoused in certain circumstances; to repeal existing provisions relating to such houses; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time upon Friday 13 February and to be printed. [Bill 23.]