Sir Julian Lewis: Does the necessity for the Government to take that sort of action show the danger that leaseholders are under from the abuse of freeholders’ power? May I, through him, gently remind the Secretary of State of an assurance he gave me when talking about leasehold? He said:
“We need to end this feudal form of tenure and ensure individuals have the right to enjoy their own property fully.” – [Official Report, 20 February 2023; Vol. 728, c. 3.]
Is that still intended to be in the King’s Speech?
[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (Lee Rowley): My right hon. Friend knows that I am not able to anticipate what will be in the King’s Speech. We are clear that, particularly with regard to remediation, some freeholders have stepped up and should be credited for doing so, but others have absolutely not done so. The Secretary of State and I will not hesitate to call out that activity where it occurs.]