HC Deb 25 February 1952 vol 496 cc99-100W
132. Mr. Proctor

asked the Attorney-General whether he is aware that certain ground landlords are now offering the freehold of some of their London properties at prices ranging from 45 to 50 years' purchase of the present ground rent; that the offer is not open to negotiation and is kept open for three months only; and whether he will introduce legislation authorising owners of leasehold houses to buy their freehold at not more than 30 years' purchase of the existing ground rent.

The Attorney-General

The hon. Member's suggestion appears to contemplate a form of leasehold enfranchise- ment. As I have previously informed the House, I am not in a position to make a statement on this subject.