52. Mr. Bates
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to assist local authorities who wish, by consent, to purchase privately-owned housing.
§ Mr. Freeson:
Circular 70/74 enables local authorities to acquire privately owned housing in certain circumstances.
§ 64. Sir Nigel Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in order to reduce public expenditure, he will issue a circular advising local authorities to discontinue the policy of purchasing private accommodation.