HC Deb 28 October 1987 vol 121 cc266-7W
Sir Brandon Rhys Williams

asked the Attorney-General what information he has in regard to the meaning of the word commonhold used as the title of the Law Commission's report, Cm. 179, and when it was first used in relation to property occupied as flats.

The Attorney-General

The word commonhold has at present no dictionary meaning. It was adopted by the working group responsible for the report Cm. 179 at the start of its deliberation as being apt to describe a form of freehold tenure involving common rights and obligations. At the time of its adoption the group was unmindful of its earlier use by my hon. Friend in a series of private Member's Bills on co-ownership of flats going back to 1978.