§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment in respect of each of the consultation papers issued by his Department on(a) "Finance for Housing Associations", (b) the "Private Rented Sector : Legislative Proposals", (c)"Right to Buy: Legislative Proposals" and (d) "Housing Action Trusts", when the consultation paper was issued; to which organisations and individuals copies have been sent; by what date replies were required; how many replies were received by that date; and, of these, how many favoured the Government's proposals.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
[holding answer 6 November 1987]: The table provides details about each of these consultation documents.
Sent out Comments invited by Number of comments received Housing Associations 18 September 130 October 110 Private rented sector (legislative) 2 October 30 October 108 Right to buy 2 October 30 October 94 Housing action trusts 8 October 6 November 228 1 For main comments; comments on points of detail by end of year. 2 As at 4 November.
The documents were sent to all local authorities; each local authority association; leading organisations and bodies with an interest in, or involved in housing matters; and others who expressed an interest in each of these areas. In many instances, the responses received so far are detailed and extensive and arc still being evaluated. It is too early to identify the position taken on each issue by all respondents.