HC Deb 28 July 1983 vol 46 cc607-8W
Mr. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will grant immediate discretionary powers to local authorities to sell council houses to sitting tenants at a discount of 60 per cent. on market value.

Mr. Younger

Yes. The necessary amendments to the present general consents to voluntary sales will be issued today, increasing the discount at which district and islands councils may sell houses to sitting tenants from the present 50 per cent. after 20 years to a new maximum of 60 per cent. after 30 years tenancy. I have also given similar consent to the SSHA and to the new towns. Consent will also be given to regional councils, police and fire authorities to apply the same maximum discount to sales to sitting tenants of houses which are surplus to their requirements.