COMMUNITIES – PARK HOMES – 16 December 2010

Dr Julian Lewis: I add my voice of commendation to those who have praised the hon. Lady's [Annette Brooke's] excellent work. Even some of the bigger firms that run park home estates, such as the one I have in my constituency, are not above a bit of sharp practice. I shall give two examples that she might like to consider.

There is a great reluctance to recognise residents' associations – for example, there have been demands for lists of all the people who are going to sign up rather than merely requesting sight of a list and people not then being able to take it away, which I believe is the legal position. In one case, there was even a claim that a letter sent to the park home owner complaining about certain conditions libelled the park home owner. Of course, one cannot libel someone by sending a letter to that person if one does not publish it to anyone else. However, ordinary people might not be able to cope with such tactics without the assistance of their MPs.

[Annette Brooke: I agree absolutely with my hon. Friend's points. I endorse the point about the fact that residents' associations can in principle be formed, but that they are in practice often obstructed.]