§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he received representations from Liverpool city council concerning the level of discounts available on empty properties requiring substantial remedial work; what level of discount is being sought; when he expects to be in a position to make an announcement; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Baldry
Councillor Margaret Clarke wrote to my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing, Inner Cities and Construction on 26 March asking for consent to increase the discount percentages for the sale of empty properties included in the home opportunities programme from the 30 per cent. allowed under the general consent to 60 per cent.
That request is receiving careful consideration and I hope to reply shortly.