§ Mr. Hawksley
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to amend the date of 31 March 1974 in section 7(2) of the Housing Act 1980 to maintain only a five-year period for the full discount for purchase of newer houses.
§ Mr. Gow
Section 7(2) of the Housing Act 1980 provides that only costs incurred by a landlord authority after 31 March 1974 may limit a tenant's discount entitlement under the right to buy. Clause 3(3) of the Housing and Building Control Bill, now in Committee, will enable my right hon. Friend to substitute a later date by order. We shall consider the case for doing so when the Bill is enacted, in the light of movements in costs and prices.