Questions of right-to-buy

The rights of law-breakers to use their ill-gotten gains to take advantage of government right-to-buy legislation are being put to the Appeal Court. In one of his first cases since taking over as Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf heard an appeal by Bristol City Council against a ruling that it must transfer a house under right-to-buy legislation, to an un-named man who is currently in prison awaiting trial on drug charges. Counsel Robert Levy, for the City Council, told the Appeal Court it could never have been Parliament's intention that some-one such as the respondent should be in a position to purchase a property by dint of his labours selling drugs and certainly not at a discount.