§ Mrs. Lait
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many cases of freehold purchase are being currently pursued under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunals and in the Lands Tribunal. 
§ Ms Armstrong
As at 30 November 1997 there were 858 outstanding cases at leasehold valuation tribunals relating to the purchase of freeholds of leasehold houses and flats. This total includes 39 cases where the original landlord had failed to comply with the right of first refusal provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and the tenants were acquiring the freehold from the subsequent purchaser.
As at 16 March 1998 there were 48 outstanding appeals against decisions of leasehold valuation tribunals at the Lands Tribunal.' Information as to the subject matter of these appeals is not available.