HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 cc137-8W
Mr. Gerald Bowden

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what information he has regarding the failure by the town clerk's department of Southwark council to respond to the legal points raised by solicitors Messrs. Coulson and Coulson in letters addressed to it on 7 October and 8 December 1983, 5 March 1984 and 18 February 1985, regarding the notice of intended works sent to Mr. W. K. Rivers of 10, Countisbury house; and what action he intends to take in the light of this;

(2) if he will investigate the reasons for Southwark council's failure to have its written summary of the costs incurred during major works of repairs to Countisbury house certified by a qualified accountant, as required by schedule 19, paragraph 7(3) of the Housing Act 1980 and by Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Rivers of 10 Countisbury house on 7 October 1983;

(3) what information he has as to the failure of Southwark council to advise Mr. and Mrs. L. Bickel of 11 Northcroft Gardens of their statutory rights to buy the garage on their land when they exercised their right to buy; and if he will investigate the reasons why the borough valuer was instructed not to include the garage in the offer notice.

Mr. John Patten

Details of these cases are being sought from the London borough of Southwark, and I shall write to my hon. Friend when I have the council's reply.