§ Mr. Ovenden
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the present consent to the sale of council houses at below market price extends to sales to tenants who are moved from other council accommodation with the specific intention of buying.
§ Mr. Freeson
The terms of the present general consent for council house sales are set out in circular 54/70. That consent allows sales to sitting tenants or, for an empty house, to a person who wants it for his exclusive use. It allows such sales either at the full vacant possession current market price value or at that price reduced by 20 per cent. where restrictions specified within the consent are imposed on early resale. The sales to which my hon. Friend refers would, therefore, be likely to fall within the general consent.