§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many applications he has received from local authorities to except elderly persons' dwellings from the right-to-buy scheme under schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1980 as amended by the Housing and Building Control Act 1984 since the coming into effect of the 1984 Act; and in how many of these cases he has declined to make the determination applied for by the council.
§ Mr. Gow
Since the Housing and Building Control Act 1984 came into operation on 26 August 1984, the Secretary of State has received 297 applications from local authorities under paragraph 5 of schedule 1 to the Housing Act 1980, as amended. Of these, 13 applications were out of time, 45 were subsequently withdrawn and 200 are under consideration. Thirty nine cases have been decided. In seven, he has made a determination to exclude the dwelling from the right to buy, while in the remaining 32 he has declined to make a determination.