HC Deb 11 December 1980 vol 995 c467W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what criteria are to be used for the designation of rural area status under section 19 of the Housing Act 1980; and whether he will issue a circular to local authorities clarifying the situation.

Mr. Stanley

Local authorities already know, from the Department's circular on the right to buy legislation sent out on 22 September, that the designation of rural areas will be considered in the light of authorities' own detailed applications.