§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many representations he has received from local authorities about the tenants' charter contained in the Housing Bill; and whether he has any estimates of the cost to the average local authority of implementing the purposes of the charter.
§ Mr. Stanley
Approximately 250 local authorities responded to the consultaion papers on tenants' rights including the right to buy. The estimated financial effects of the Bill provisions on local authorities are shown in paragraph 24 of the financial memorandum to the Bill. The costs to individual local authorities will vary according to size and present management practice.