§ 14. Mr. Malone
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the most up-to-date figures for council house sales in Aberdeen.
§ Mr. Ancram
In the quarter ending 30 June 1985, the most recent quarter for which information is available, there were 103 sales to sitting tenants in Aberdeen city bringing the total to 2,443 sales since the introduction of the Tenants Rights Etc. (Scotland) Act 1980.
§ 25. Mr. Hugh Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he is considering to increase sales of public sector houses; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ancram
Over Scotland as a whole, receipts from council house sales are in line with estimates and the level of applications to buy is buoyant. However, we are anxious that tenants should be fully aware of the opportunities for home ownership, and last month we launched a publicity campaign to ensure that all tenants receive information on the rights given to them by this Govenment to buy their homes. In addition, we shall shortly be bringing forward proposals to extend the right to buy to tenants of housing associations and regional councils and to increase by a further 10 per cent. the discount available on sales of flats.