Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has any proposals for law reform to enable householders to have the same right to purchase the freeholds of their property as exists in England; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Cope
I have approved the publication of the final report of the land law working group which makes wide-ranging recommendations on the law of property in Northern Ireland, including recommendations on ground rents and the purchasing of freeholds. It is intended to publish the report before the end of the year, following which there will be a period of public consultation on its recommendations with a view to bringing forward legislation.